Óscar is the player that Barcelona wants to reinforce Coutinho’s departure. Xavi and the sports management are looking favorably and are already moving to finalize a football news that could be a winter bombshell.
Óscar dos Santos is the one appointed by Barcelona to please Xavi Hernández. The Brazilian, who is starting his fifth season in China with Shanghai SIPG despite being 30 years old, would fill the role of Coutinho.
Marcelo Bechler, the journalist who announced the signing of Neymar by PSG, dropped the bomb and in the Blaugrana sports management they look at his experience, technical quality and offensive potential.
According to @marcelobechler Barcelona are currently looking at Oscar.
Contact was made at the beginning of the year, but Barcelona’s financial issues makes the negotiations difficult. pic.twitter.com/lEBMla91cv
— Brasil Football ?? (@BrasilEdition) January 10, 2022
With a contract until 2024, Mateu Alemany will have to pull strings in another complex and surprising financial operation. The economic context of Barcelona would only allow the signing of him at zero cost.
Except for a transfer, it seems complicated and more if the high salary of the Brazilian is added that, after the salary limit imposed by the Chinese Football Association, was reduced from 24 million euros net to 2.5. Complemented by a lot of extra bonuses.
❗Oscar, for his part, would be delighted to join Barcelona. "It is his dream" says his environment.
• The Brazilian would be willing to lower his salary and have a contract similar to Dani Alves with minimal base salary plus bonuses.#FCB ??
Via (?): @martinezferran [md]
— Barça Buzz (@Barca_Buzz) January 11, 2022
The sudoku that caused the Financial Fair Play, among other things to renew Umtiti to fit the inscription of Ferran Torres, seems to have no end in the rearming of the establishment.
There is a close antecedent: Paulinho left Barcelona for China for 30 million and returned a season later on loan.
Millionaire exile in China
Óscar set the trend: he was a fundamental piece in the Chelsea of José Mourinho, champion of the Premier League and undisputed player in the Brazilian national team, but fell into temptation in the winter market of 2016.
With the golden boom of Chinese football, he made the decision to fill the bank account and leave behind the dreams of glory in the best leagues in Europe.
Former Chelsea man Oscar with a lovely effort for Shanghai SIPG against Jiangsu Suning. ⚽️?? pic.twitter.com/kBbGLbHAQT
— GOAL (@goal) May 20, 2018
The Brazilian inaugurated the Europe-China route followed by other players such as Hulk, James Rodríguez, Alex Teixeira, Witsel, Fredy Guarín, Ramires, Ferreira Carrasco, Gervinho and Graziano Pellé. It was even the beginning of arrivals like that of Carlos Tevez.
Oscar, who scored Brazil’s only goal at 1-7 during the 2014 World Cup, remains the most expensive signing in Chinese history: 60 million euros.
Oscar’s hat trick had Shanghai SIPG cruising into the Asian Champions League knockout stage ? pic.twitter.com/lzOik4k2WK
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 21, 2019
He is one of the stars of the local tournament with 170 games, 50 goals and 93 assists. An idol who even offered to play for the Asian team if the rules in FIFA changed, but who could leave China after the economic implosion that football suffered in the country.