Saturday 21 April 2018

Chelsea told to break bank for Oscar

Highly rated: Chelsea appear to have won the battle to sign Brazilian midfielder Oscar amidst interest from several of Europe's top clubs
Highly rated: Chelsea appear to have won the battle to sign Brazilian midfielder Oscar amidst interest from several of Europe's top clubs

Duncan Bech

Chelsea are closing in on a £25m deal for Brazilian international star Oscar after being told to they must break the bank if they want to sign the 20-year-old midfielder who plays for Internacional.

Club president Giovanni Luigi insists the Brazilian club are willing to sell, but only at the right price.

"I want the transfer of Oscar to be the biggest transfer deal ever in Brazilian football," Luigi said.

"And the Chelsea offer isn't that far from that. Last year, however, Tottenham made two offers for Leandro Damiao. We kept him and he was very important.

"Oscar's situation is similar. If we get offers for Oscar that match our expectations, we'll negotiate.

"But they have to be of the value that mean significant resources for Internacional. But those values would be the biggest negotiation in Internacional's history."

Florent Malouda's potential move in the opposite direction could be scuppered by the French midfielder's wage demands.

Santos head coach Muricy Ramalho is concerned by the financial outlay needed to sign Malouda, who has slipped down the pecking order at Chelsea.

"Malouda was offered to us. He's a very interesting player, but you get scared when they tell you their demands," said Ramalho.

"They say they are in crisis in Europe, but they spend so much money on transfers there.

"He was offered to us, but when you think about his wages, it gets hard. He is a very good player, an old-school midfielder who can hold the ball and set the tone in attack."

Irish Independent

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