If recent reports are to be believed, Juventus are attempting land Chelsea/Brazil playmaker Oscar in a cut-rate transfer.
Out-performed and out-played by the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazzard and Willian, Chelsea’s number eight could be deemed surplus. Should Juventus land him, it would represent another bargain transfer buy for Beppe Marotta, who has already acquired the likes of Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Barzagli on the cheap (relative to their current value).
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Oscar provided 7 goals and eight assists in 34 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions mainly as a central attacking midfielder. This is the same position that current Juve midfielder Roberto Pereyra plays.
Pereyra is on loan in Turin this season with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. The Argentine’s loan deal in Turin can be made permanent if the Bianconeri cough up €14 million to parent club Udinese.
Reports have Juve attempting to pry Oscar away from Chelsea for what equates to a little over €12 million.
Signing Oscar (who played a hand in 15 goals this season) to replace Pereyra (three goals and three assists) would be a massive upgrade and one that would provide Juventus with the depth to make yet another assault on Europe next season, regardless of how the final versus Barcelona plays out.
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