There has been intense speculation surrounding Internacional’s Oscar, who is reportedly close to a £25 million move to Stamford Bridge, but the player has denied any formal offer despite being aware of the interest shown in him by a number of European clubs.
The 20-year-old told Brazilian newspaper Globo:
“I do not know news about Chelsea.
“I know that some European clubs are interested in me but I have spoken with the president, Giovanni Luigi, and he insists that they still have not received any formal offer.”
Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham had been strongly linked with a move for the player but it’s thought that Chelsea will beat them to the punch and would prefer to tie up the deal as soon as possible, but Internacional want to wait until after the player has played in the Olympics as an impressive display could boot his profile, value and bring more clubs into the bidding.
The Blues are also interested in Sao Paulo’s 19-year-old winger Lucas Moura, who has been attracting the interest of our Premier League rivals Manchester United and Serie A club Inter Milan. Reports also claim that Sao Paulo have already rejected a whopping £32 million bid for the player, I’m not sure about you but that does not sound likely to me unless the Brazilian club have absolutely no plans to sell as they’re unlikely to get more than that.
Both players are highly thought of, highly talented and have potential to get even better. But from the little I have seen of the players, I think I would prefer to sign Lucas Moura over Oscar as he’s a winger, where the latter is more of a number 10 even though he can play in a number of different roles. With the likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata in the squad, we’re not exactly in the need for a number 10 and could do with a more natural winger perhaps.
Saying that, I’d be delighted to sign either player. Which player would you prefer to see in Chelsea blue? – Have your say in the comments section below