Brazilian wonderkid Oscar caught the eye during Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Stuart Pearce’s Great Britain side ahead of the Olympic games and the youngster has admitted that he’s already had his medical with Chelsea, but nothing has been made official yet.
I’m sure we were all keeping a close eye on the Internacional playmaker during the game and I’m guessing the Chelsea faithful liked what they saw as Oscar pretty much bossed it during his time on the pitch, so we’d all like to see him in Chelsea blue in the near future.
After the game, Oscar had this to say about his future and the links to Stamford Bridge:
“I only had a meeting with the doctor, nothing else. I didn’t sign any contract yet and I will wait until the end of the Olympic Games to decide my future.
“All Brazilian players have this dream. I have, like everybody, the dream to play in Europe and the Premier League.”
The 20-year-old was briefly allowed to leave the Brazil squad to have his medical before returning back to base, so nothing has been made official by Chelsea, the player or the selling club Internacional. Naturally the press will jump on the comment and come up with such headlines as ‘Oscar casts doubt over Chelsea deal’ or ‘(Instert club name) plans to hijack Oscar deal’ etc.
But I’m sure the deal will go through and reports have always suggested that nothing will be made official until after the Olympics from the beginning. It’s a competition that the Brazilians are taking very seriously as this is the side that they’re hoping to play in the 2014 World Cup and they won’t play much competitive football between now and then as they will qualify automatically as host, so will have to make the most of the Olympic and Confederations Cup experiences.
I’m guessing all talk of transfers is off the table when it comes to their international preparations, especially as Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has already incurred the wrath of Danilo for visiting Porto forward Hulk at the team hotel, insisting that it’s a place of work and not a market.
He could also pick up an injury during the tournament, which could give Chelsea a good enough reason to want to wait before finalising the deal. I imagine the fee has already been agreed though, so it’s unlikely to increase no matter how many eyes he catches over the next few weeks and I doubt he’d bother going through a medical if he didn’t intend to sign. He also sought out Daniel Sturridge ahead of last night’s game and exchanged a few words with him, perhaps something about signing for Chelsea?
Those of you that are anxious over this particular deal will have to wait and tough it out amid likely media speculation suggesting that something will go wrong, unfortunately. I’m sure this will go through without a hitch though.