There is no stopping Oscar from leaving Stamford Bridge this January. The playmaker is set to join Shanghai SIPG in a move that could see him secure a £90,000 weekly salary.
This is not the first time that a Chinese Super League club approached Oscar.
Last February, Jiangsu Suning asked him to join them for a staggeringg £57M. However, the Brazil international declined. Yet, it looks like the times have changed and he (Oscar) is taking this offer seriously. Once he joins, it is not only the salary increase that he will get. This will also serve as a reunion between him and former Premier League manager, Andre Villas—Boas.
Oscar transferred to Chelsea in 2012. He had his spell of spectacular moments and embarrassing ones. But he has managed to be a familiar and celebrated face in the Blues’ roster.
Antonio Conte’s arrival, however, is believed to be the trigger in his decision to leave the club. The Italian tactician does not seemed to be too impressed in his performance that he soon found himself struggling in his new manager’s pecking order.
In as far as the Premier League is concerned, his departure is considered as yet another major loss.
The Daily Mail describes it as a trend, which started with the managers. The likes of Luiz Felipe Scolari, Marcello Lippi, Manuel Pellegrini and Andre Villas-Boas have been the first ones to explore the Super League terrain.
Players such as Hulk, Ezequiel, Lavezzi, Gervinho, Graziano Pelle and Ramires soon followed this seemingly unstoppable exodus.
Meanwhile, it looks like Oscar and Chelsea share a certain commonality in this transfer.
This is also the second time that the Blues agreed to sell their player to the Super League. Ramires previously wore their jersey before.