Chelsea offload Oscar in record transfer move

Midfielder reportedly becomes most expensive player in Asian football history

Reuters December 23, 2016
PRODIGY TO OUTCAST: After a bright start to his Chelsea career, Oscar fizzled out and was used sparingly by incumbent manager Antonio Conte. PHOTO: AFP

Brazil international midfielder Oscar will join Chinese club Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea, the English Premier League club said on its website on Friday.

Although no financial details of the transfer were released, media reports suggested Shanghai paid €60 million to lure Oscar to the 16-team league.

"Chelsea Football Club and Shanghai SIPG have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Oscar," said Chelsea in a statement.

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The 25-year-old Oscar, who scored 38 goals in 203 appearances for Chelsea, lifted the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League during his four-and-a-half-year spell at the club.

Oscar, who will link up with former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas at Shanghai, struggled to nail down a starting spot under manager Antonio Conte this season, making four of his nine league appearance from the bench.

With compatriots Hulk and Elkeson plying their trade at Shanghai, Oscar becomes the latest Brazilian to join the Chinese Super League team and is reportedly set to become the highest paid player, earning about €400,000 a week.

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However, Oscar could soon be eclipsed by Carlos Tevez when the Argentine puts pen to paper on a huge contract with Shanghai Shenhua, with the striker reportedly set to earn £615,000 a week.

Shanghai SIPG finished third in the 2016 Chinese Super League season, which ran from March to the end of October, 12 points behind champions Guangzhou Evergrande and five behind second-placed Jiangsu Suning.


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