Oscar’s Chelsea career is over after the club announced that the playmaker is set to complete his January switch to Shanghai SIPG.
The Blues confirmed the news on their official website on Friday morning, and revealed that terms had been agreed between Oscar, themselves and the Chinese Super League side after weeks of speculation.
The reported transfer fee of £60m was not disclosed in the club’s statement about Oscar’s departure, but manager Antonio Conte will no doubt be handed much of the proceeds from Oscar’s sale to strengthen his squad in January.
Oscar made over 200 appearances for Chelsea during his four-and-a-half year career at Stamford Bridge, and won one Premier League League title, a League Cup and the Europa League with the Londoners during that time.
The Brazil international will link up with former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas at SIPG after the Portuguese boss took charge following the sacking of Sven-Goran Eriksson in November.
Oscar was a firm fans’ favourite during his time with Chelsea, and often wowed the crowds at Stamford Bridge with his trickery, ingenuity on the ball and flashes of brilliance, particularly when it came to scoring goals.
The 25-year-old only registered 38 goals during his time at the club, but was handed Chelsea’s Goal of the Season award on two occasions – in 2012 for his sumptuous strike against Juventus – ironically against current Chelsea boss Conte’s I Bianconeri side – and two years later for another stunning effort against Queens Park Rangers.
Oscar plied his trade under five different managers througout his Chelsea career after he completed his 2012 summer switch from Internacional, with the returning Jose Mourinho the only boss who managed Oscar for more than 50 games in his Blues’ stay.
Oscar’s last chance to say goodbye to the Chelsea faithful should come in either of their home league clashes against Bournemouth or Stoke City on Boxng Day and New Year’s Eve respectively.
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