Chelsea and Shanghai SIPG have agreed terms for Brazilian midfielder for an estimated £60m move to the Chinese Super League club in the January transfer window.
The English Premier League leaders announced that the Brazilian will finish the transfer toward the start of January, joining the Chinese Side lead by former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.
The agreement will see the 25-year-old hugely increase his £90,000-a-week wages at Stamford Bridge to become the highest paid player of the world with nearly £400,000-a-week wages and turn into the Blues’ record deal at £60 million, as indicated by many reports. It will be the highest selling fee for any Chelsea player till now surpassing £50m fee received from Paris Saint-Germain for David Luiz in 2014. The fee will be the fourth-biggest ever paid to a Premier League club eclipsing Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale and Ronaldo.
Chelsea wished the player best of luck in their official website and confirmed the deal. The statement said: “Chelsea Football Club and Shanghai SIPG have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Oscar. The 25-year-old will join the Chinese Super League team at the beginning of the January transfer window.He has been a Chelsea player for four-and-a-half years, helping us lift the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League as well as scooping two Chelsea Goal of the Season awards after stunning strikes against Juventus in 2012, on his full debut, and QPR in 2014.Skilful and tenacious, Oscar has been highly regarded by fans, players and staff during his time as a Blue, scoring 38 times from 203 Chelsea appearances. We thank Oscar for his wonderful service and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”
Oscar joined Chelsea from Brazilian club Internacional for £25m in the summer of 2012 and scored 38 goals. During his four-and-a-half seasons at Chelsea, the midfielder has tasted a lot of glories winning the Premier League, Europa League and League Cup.
However, following head coach Antonio Conte’s successful shift to a 3-4-3 formation Oscar became viewed as surplus to requirements and have not started a match since September.
In his official statement regarding the move, he thanked his fans and also he did not have any bad feelings toward the club.
‘I want to thank Chelsea FC the owner and all the employees who have made my time at the club so special,’ Oscar told his followers on Instagram.
‘A very special thank you to the Chelsea fans you guys a very special and I am honoured to have been a part of your club we have won some special titles together the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE, the LEAGUE CUP and of course PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS !!!!
‘You will always have a special place in my heart.’
Photo by Ben Sutherland