Shanghai SIPG are looking to tempt Oscar to China with a £60million bid in January.
Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is now running the show in Shanghai and he’s shown an interest in the midfielder, according to The Guardian.
Chelsea have reportedly sanctioned the sale of Oscar to Shanghai SIPG after the Chinese Super League club, now managed by André Villas-Boas, formalised their long-standing interest and tabled an offer worth up to £60m for the Brazil midfielder.
It will be the second January in succession that Chelsea generate a substantial fee for one of their Brazilian contingent having sold Ramires to Jiangsu Suning in last season’s mid-winter window. That deal was worth in excess of £20m, with the player signing terms worth around £200,000-a-week.
This sale would grant Conte considerable leeway in the market as he seeks to reinforce his squad, with interest likely to be expressed in the Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk. That potential move is more likely to progress at the end of the season, with the Dutch defender’s club reluctant sellers. Regardless, the sale of Oscar will rule out any transfer for Cesc Fàbregas mid-season, with Conte having reiterated on Tuesday that the Spaniard remains “an important player”.
If completed, the move would top the club-record £50m the Blues received for David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain in 2014 and Oscar would join fellow countrymen Hulk and Elkeson at the Chinese Super League club.