Ex-Chelsea star Oscar could be set for sensational Barcelona transfer

BARCELONA are interested in signing ex-Chelsea star Oscar, according to reports.

The Brazilian, 30, left the Blues five years ago to play for Shanghai Port in the Chinese Super League.

Oscar has enjoyed a successful five years in China

Oscar has enjoyed a successful five years in ChinaCredit: AFP
The Brazilian left Chelsea in 2017

The Brazilian left Chelsea in 2017Credit: Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

He initially joined on a contract worth around £385,000-a-week.

But following a tightening of salary rules in China, he now earns around £40k-a-week plus bonuses.

According to Mundo Deportivo, agent Kia Joorabchian, who also represents Philippe Coutinho, has offered Oscar’s services to Barcelona.

The attacking midfielder would be willing to accept a far lower weekly salary than the £385k that he initially earned in Shanghai.

He ‘dreams’ of returning to Europe and would be ‘delighted’ to join Barca.

A transfer could see him link up with former international team-mate Dani Alves.

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Barcelona are not ruling out taking Oscar and Joorabchian up on their offer this month.

But it is also reported that he is not seen as a ‘priority’ just yet.

Oscar made 203 appearances for Chelsea before his January 2017 exit.

He has since had an extremely successful stint in Asia.

The 48-cap international has made 170 appearances for Shanghai Port, scoring 50 goals and laying on 93 assists.

He won the Chinese Super League title in 2018 – ending Guangzhou FC’s seven-year dominance – as well as the FA Cup a year later.

Oscar played with the likes of Hulk and Marko Arnautovic in Shanghai.

But since the tightening of salary restrictions these players have departed.

Barca, meanwhile, began their January transfer window with a bang by somehow shaking off their financial woes and signing Manchester City star Ferran Torres for £55m.

They initially couldn’t register the Spanish star, until Samuel Umtiti agreed a contract extension that lowered his wages.

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Barca signed Ferran Torres earlier this month

Barca signed Ferran Torres earlier this monthCredit: AFP