So, Radamel Falcao has finally made it to Stamford Bridge. Now, it will be interesting to see, how Loic Remy reacts to the prospect of being the third-choice once again.
Apart from the Falcao Saga and endless rumours, this transfer window hasn’t really thrown much of not on Chelsea. The rumours continue to haunt Europe day in day out. Recently, there has been some major news on the front page of Italian newspaper Tuttosport today, with reports claiming a possible move for Oscar to Serie A Champions Juventus.
Massimiliano Allegri is a big fan of the Brazilian, and has reportedly made him the Old Lady’s number one target for the summer. The English version of the story can be found here on Daily Mail. When asked about whether he liked Oscar as a player, Allegri told Gazzetta dello Sport:
“I love Oscar.
“He is one of those players who can make a difference in Europe.
“He is a wonderful player for the league but he can be just as big in Europe.”
According to the report, Juve are willing to pay €25 million for Oscar, while we value him at €30 million. If stories about Allegri’s eagerness to sign him are true, we should get the money we want. But the question remains – Will selling Oscar be the right move for the club?
For one, we’ll be making a loss even if Juventus meet our demands. We signed Oscar for around €35 million in 2012 at the age of 20, and regarding that his best years are still ahead of him, the asking price seems to be quite low.
Even as a fan, if I have to be absolutely and brutally honest, Oscar, unfortunately, hasn’t hit the heights, we thought he would. When he scored that magnificent goal against (ironically enough) Juventus on his Champions League debut, the world seemed to be at his feet. He went on to score 12 goals in all competitions in his first season, and with Mourinho taking over, big things were expected from the Brazilian talent.
It started off well enough, as he scored the first goal in our second era under the Special One, before kicking on to become our best player in the first half of last season. Since then though, he has fallen flat and completely flattered to deceive. After such a great start, he ended the 2013/14 campaign with 11 goals, an average return by his standards. Last year, his form fell even further, as he could only manage 7, the last of them coming in mid-January. It would be safe to say that he avoided criticism mainly because of our easy title win. In the dressing room though, the manager would have surely noticed something wrong.
If we do end up selling Oscar, we need to make sure we have a solid backup plan. The number 10 position is very important for us and having the right player in there could make all the difference next season.
We need someone who can significantly better Oscar’s 7 goals and 8 assists. Eden Hazard can play there, as can Willian, but it may be a better option to push Cesc Fabregas further forward. We could then have a stronger presence alongside Nemanja Matic to make us more difficult to break down.
Oscar’s is one of those rare cases in which Mourinho may have got it wrong. Juan Mata was ousted from the side to accommodate the Brazilian last season, and now, it looks like he is going to be sold for a sum much lesser than what we got for the Spaniard.
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire
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