Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly willing to part with Brazilian playmaker Oscar, who is on the radar of Serie A outfit Inter Milan.
According to a report in The Telegraph, Chelsea are ready to offload Oscar after the Brazilian’s demotion to a squad rotation role. New manager Antonio Conte is now willing to pull the plug on the Brazilian’s future at Stamford Bridge as he looks to shape the squad according to his philosophy.
Antonio Conte has finally got a hang of his best eleven after the Blues’ shaky start to the campaign. The former Juventus manager has chosen to deploy his much-famed and successful 3-man defence with magnificent results in the league.
However, some players have been unable to fit in and transition well into the new formation and Oscar seems to be among the ones struggling to get a grasp of the formation. The Brazilian has been overlooked by Conte for a majority of the matches since the change in formation, even though the 25-year-old started and was a constant feature in the lineup at the beginning of the season.
Oscar has been linked with a move away from the Premier League, with Serie A the most likely destination. The likes of Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have all been linked with the midfielder, while there has been some interest from the emerging Chinese Super League.
Following his tumble down the pecking order, Conte seems to be willing to offload the player and make space for potential additions in January and beyond. The report has also states that the Blues are unlikely to settle for a transfer fee less than the £20m mark, which is the amount they paid to bring the playmaker to Stamford Bridge in the first place.
AC Milan were linked with a £39m bid in the summer transfer window, but his dip in form and lack of appearances since the end of the last transfer window seems to have had an effect on his market value.
Inter Milan have been continuously linked to Oscar along with Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning, with the two interested clubs under the same ownership. Jiangsu Suning may launch a bid to sign Oscar either to play him for the club in China or to loan him to Inter Milan, depending on Oscar’s preference of destination.
It would be interesting to see what Oscar ends up choosing, considering the fact that a lot of Brazilians have chosen, of late, to play in the Chinese Super League. However, the Brazilian’s Chelsea future looks bleak and his departure from the club looks more and more certain.