Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura has added his weight to a potential bid for Chelsea’s Oscar ahead of the sides’ meeting in the Champions League quarter-finals and it’s one the Blues should accept.
Moura feted his fellow countrymen as: “A rare talent in today’s football, given his qualities. He is very complete and is very smart. We need someone like him at PSG.”
Chelsea are 9/10 outsiders to reach the semi-finals at the expense of Laurent Blanc’s side, odds that would yield a £27 profit if new bwin.com customers invested their £30 free bet in the west Londoners’ progression.
The Telegraph had previously reported the French side to be interested in a £40m move for the 22-year-old and, with financial fair play rules becoming ever more strictly enforced, it could be a sum worth trousering.
While the decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United was supposedly indicative of Jose Mourinho’s desire to build his team around the Brazilian, he has been left out too often for that to be the case.
Oscar has failed to start just under a third (14) of Chelsea’s 46 games this term, including key away matches at Man City and Arsenal and Everton.
Why? Sherlock Holmes could take an early bath and leave this case to Watson, who might even deem it sufficiently easy to outsource to the work-experience kid.
The Special One views his number ten as a luxury player who, despite averaging a 2.3 tackles per league game that lacks no elbow grease, is not tactically viable in games where the primary objective is not to lose under any circumstances.
Cast your mind back to when Mourinho first arrived in SW6, all Hugo Boss and soundbites…
Creativity came primarily from the wings, with the central midfield three consisting of the definitive spoiler (Claude Makelele), an all-action character (Tiago/Michael Essien) and Frank Lampard, who operated deep before joining attacks as and when the coup de grace was required.
It’s a return to that 2004/05 methodology that has given Chelsea the defensive strength to glean the away results that could ultimately steer the Premier League in the direction of the King’s Road.
Cashing in Oscar’s allure could enable the Blues to get on with the business they really need to be doing, replacing Frank Lampard with a world-class player of more similar inclinations.