Brazilian international Oscar is currently enjoying his third season with Chelsea, and it could prove to be his most productive.
He is just five goals off his best ever tally for the Blues - 12 in his debut season - and with a number of games left, there is a good chance he will pass that record. A key player at Stamford Bridge, the 23-year-old is admired by the Chelsea fans for his incredible talent, but also his work rate and exceptional fitness. It has been these latter two traits that have made him the centre of Jose Mourinho’s team, and saw Juan Mata cast out of the starting XI when Oscar usurped him last term.
Considered a central figure of the Blues future, Oscar signed a new contract with the club earlier this season, tying him down to West London until the end of the 2018/19 season, as per the BBC. It is unlikely that Chelsea would be looking to sell him any time soon, but that has not prevented one club from showing an interest in signing him this summer.
As reported by Calciomercato, Oscar has been tracked by Serie A champions Juventus ahead of a potential summer transfer, and has been added to director of football Beppe Marotta’s list of targets. It is stated that the club will be preparing to offer upwards of €30 million to sign Oscar.
The report indicates that Juve feel Oscar could be tempted away from Stamford Bridge due to the lack of football received by Jose Mourinho this term, which seems hopeful on the Italian’s behalf, considering he has made 30 appearances this year - only six fewer than Eden Hazard’s highest tally in the squad.
What does this mean for Chelsea?
Considering the likelihood of Oscar leaving the Blues is almost next to none, there are no real consequences for Chelsea to consider. However, there is one situation in which Jose Mourinho may be willing to see Oscar go - if Paul Pogba came the other way in the transfer. Considered one of the best midfielders in world football despite his young age of just 21, Pogba is being highly linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer, and if he can be secured in a swap deal for Oscar, Chelsea may just sanction the departure of the Brazilian playmaker.