Under the new coach Jose Mourinho, Oscar has become an undisputed starter at Chelsea and his great performances at Stamford Bridge has not gone unnoticed in Europe. The Ligue 1 side PSG wishes to bring Oscar to Parc des Princes ahead of the World Cup.
As revealed by The Daily Telegraph, PSG are considering a £41.5 million offer for Oscar before the World Cup. Less than a week before hosting Oscar and his Chelsea team-mates for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, PSG have now cranked up the charm offensive in an apparent attempt to turn the head of the Brazilian.
Oscar’s Brazilian team mate Lucas Moura has admitted he would love Oscar to join him at the Parc des Princes.
“Oscar is a very good player,” said Moura. “A rare talent in today’s football, given his qualities. He is very complete and is very smart. We need someone like him at PSG.
“I think he would help us a lot. The more quality players there are, the better it is for the squad. Also, he’s a very good friend of mine. I would be very happy if he came to PSG, the club too.”
PSG are perhaps undervaluing him at the £41.5 million figure quoted, when factors such as his age, talent and potential are taken into account. It is also being reported that if Chelsea offloads Oscar amid this rumored interest, a portion of his fee will be reinvested while the club uses the remaining funds to push the business forward in these times of Financial Fair Play.
Mourinho agreed to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United in January after making it clear that Oscar is his first-choice number 10 and Hazard has been Chelsea’s best player this season.
Recently, another Chelsea star, Eden Hazard was also linked with a move to the French capital. On Hazard, PSG midfielder Cabaye said: “Hazard is the player I’d like to see at PSG. He would do a lot of good to Paris and the league. He’s one of the best players against whom I’ve played.”
Chelsea will be suspicious at the timing of the comments from both Moura and Cabaye, ahead of such an important game, and will not appreciate the PSG duo openly courting two of their most important players. Chelsea are adamant that any bids for the duo, from PSG or anywhere else, will be rejected. Both players have three years remaining on their Stamford Bridge contracts, with the club willing to offer them extensions.
Chelsea face PSG in Champions League Quarters in Paris next Wednesday.
Given the importance of Oscar in the starting XI of Chelsea and his performance levels this season, it seems highly unlikely that Mourinho will allow this talented Brazilian to go.