It was a busy night in Brazil yesterday. First, Daily Mail broke the story by saying Oscar would move to Chelsea for £25m. Shortly after, it was the Telegraph claiming the move would cost £22m. But Oscar denied the claims with a simply “I’m staying (at Internacional)” when asked about the veracity of reports that came out on a hotel lobby. But this thing is far from done.
It’s silly season, so the rumours gain steam even when there’s nothing to work on. In Oscar’s case, the whole thing seems pretty solid. After Oscar denied the claims about his move, one of his agents, Carlos Meinberg Neto, said Internacional received a bid from both Chelsea and Tottenham around the mark of £25m. The only matter to close the deal definitively would be an agreement over Oscar’s contract. Nevertheless, his agent also said Giuliano Bertolucci, who also represents Chelsea players Lucas Piazon and David Luiz, would go to London in July 25 to close the last details.
According to Carlos Meinberg Neto, Oscar is closer to Chelsea due to projection. Being defending Champions League winners and with Tottenham only disputing the UEFA Europa League next season, Oscar would choose the former over the latter any given day.
Inter chose not to go publicly to announce the deal as a matter of strategy, but Internacional president Giovanni Luigi had a reunion last Friday with Chelsea representatives looking to initiate the negotiations. It was also there that Giovanni Luigi proposed a £25m bid to let Oscar go, which was met by Chelsea and Tottenham.
That means Oscar might announce his move after the Olympics, keeping him focused on the competition instead of thinking of finally reaching the dream of playing in Europe. Soon enough, I guess we’ll have more to elaborate on this.