Just when you needed a massive transfer to get the window up and running we get this bombshell.
After an underwhelming season so far Brazilian superstar Oscar looks set for a massive move to the Chinese super league.
Antonio Conte hasn’t used the player much this season and it looks now as if his future is set to be away from Stamford Bridge.
British media outlet The Daily Mail reports:
Chelsea midfielder Oscar is joining Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG for a fee of around £52million.
Shanghai are managed by ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and it appears that the league continues to have money to burn as they continue their fast track to playing catch-up with the European leagues.
The 5ft 10in attacking midfielder has played 48 times for Brazil and scored 12 goals. He’s been at Chelsea for four full seasons since his move for around £20m in 2012.
He’s scored 38 goals in 202 appearances for the club but never quite fulfilled his promise or found the consistency which his quality hints at.
Chelsea fans will certainly be divided about whether this is a good move for the club. Ramires moved for similarly silly amounts of cash to China earlier in the year and Chelsea have made a huge amount of money from the moves.
One would have to imagine that this cash will be used for the winter transfer funds and for Antonio Conte to strengthen further.
Chelsea fans: a good move?