Throughout the entire second half of the season, Chelsea’s star attacking midfielder Oscar has been linked with a summer move to Champions League Runner-Ups, Juventus. Today, Massimiliano Allegri, coach of the Italian side, has confirmed his admiration of Chelsea’s young star.
“[I like Oscar] very much,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “He is one of those who can make a difference even in Europe.”
Oscar would fit in well with the Serie A Champions, and would prosper under Allegri. This is why they have expressed so much interest in the Brazilian. However, Mourinho has done everything he can to deny reports that he will exit Stamford Bridge this summer.
“Of course [Chelsea want him to stay],” Mourinho said. “He just signed a contract a few months ago. He’s one of the players with the best contracts, a long-term contract, a 23-year-old. He’s in the best period of his career. Obviously we don’t want to sell.”
However, despite Mourinho’s unwillingness to sell the Brazilian, there are certain facts that must be taken into account.
First and foremost, Oscar has struggled in the second half of all three seasons he’s spent with the Blues. While starting off campaigns with a spark, the flame often goes out when Chelsea reach the new year. It’s his inconsistency that makes him a liability for Mourinho, not his talent.
Furthermore, Oscar still has quite the reputation. Therefore, his transfer stock should be relatively high, allowing him to command a high fee. This makes him such a valuable bargaining tool for Mourinho, should he choose to go after Paul Pogba. And he would be be foolish not to.
The young Frenchman is setting Europe alight with his style of play, ability to win tackles and all around talent. There is no doubting this lad’s talent, and how much he would bring to any team that signed him.
But when focusing on Pogba at Chelsea, it’s easy to see the whole picture forming, and it’s a pretty one. With Oscar gone, Fabregas would most likely move up to the CAM position, and Pogba would slot in next to Matic. This would probably make the world’s best pivot, if Fabregas and Matic weren’t it already.
Another option would be seeing Chelsea move to a 4-3-3, with an attacking trio of Hazard Costa and Willian, with Fabregas and Pogba directly behind them, and Matic behind them to shield the defense. Whichever way the Blues lineup, Pogba instantly makes them a threat to go the distance in all 4 competitions.
Chelsea signing Pogba would be the marquee signing to assert their dominance. Granted they just won the Premier League. But now they’re targets. Every other team will be retooling this offseason, so it’s imperative that the Blues do as well. And what better way to do so? Even if this means parting ways with fan-favorite Oscar, the upside to this move makes too much sense to ignore. If Chelsea can sign Pogba this offseason, who in their right mind would bet against them to win the league again?
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