Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Will Have to Wait for Oscar
Chelsea transfer target and potential new signing Oscar has put any move to Stamford Bridge on hold, telling the club that they will have to wait until after the 2012 London Olympics for any decision to be made about his future.
The Blues were rumored to have agreed on a deal with the Brazilian international believed to be worth around £25 million, and with the player having his medical at Chelsea, it was assumed that he would be heading to the London club next season.
But speaking out before the commencement of the Games, Oscar stated that negotiations would be put on hold for the time being and that there was no official deal in place between the two parties, according to The Daily Mirror:
At this moment, I am totally focussed on the Olympic Games. After the Olympics, I will decide on my future.
Yes, I have had a meeting with the Chelsea doctor in Brazil, but only that. I haven't been to Chelsea and I haven't met the manager.
I will be able to concentrate on the Olympics with all that is going on because, as I say, I am totally focussed on this competition because for me, it is something really important.
After that, I will decide on my future—it is every Brazilian's dream to play in the [English] Premier League...
After the OIympics are completed, Oscar's move to the European champions will no doubt be a high talking point given the strong position that it would place the Blues in for the upcoming season.
They have already spent well over £40 million signing Eden Hazard and Marko Marin. With Oscar, Chelsea would surely be considered a genuine threat in both the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League once again—a point that Simon Jones of The Daily Mail highlights well:
Chelsea came in for criticism for the way they won the Champions League with an obdurate defensive style.
However, the signing of Oscar is another bold statement of intent from Abramovich as he strives to make Chelsea a more fluid, attacking team in the mould of Barcelona.
Abramovich believes if manager Roberto Di Matteo can channel that flair alongside the defensive grit the squad showed to win the Champions League, then Chelsea will be well placed to mount more serious challenges on domestic and European honors.
At just 20 years old, there's no doubting the potential impact that Oscar could have at Stamford Bridge should a deal be agreed upon between the two parities.
Oscar has already secured six international caps for his country and two state titles. It will be fascinating to see what impact the midfielder has on the Chelsea squad and the Premier League next season.
You can see the full impact of his signing on Chelsea's squad here.
Will Oscar end up making a move to Chelsea after the 2012 Olympics?
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