The Oscar deal could be completed as early as Thursday now

HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 26: Oscar of Brazil is challenged by Thomas Kahlenberg of Denmark during the International friendly match between Brazil and Denmark at the Imtech Arena on May 26, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Last night we heard it could be finished by Friday, tonight we've got word that it could be done even earlier. Paulo Frietas, who is quickly becoming one of the most reliable sources I've seen on the Brazilian game, tweeted the following tidbit this evening:

Good news, right? If you needed even more unofficial confirmation that the deal for Oscar is done, this was it. After seeing the way Chelsea have been defending in the first 2 pre-season games, I'm even more excited by this signing than I was earlier. Oscar should easily be able to replicate the defensive role that we're currently giving to Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel, as neither have been deployed as a typical defensive shield to this point in the pre-season. His offensive skillset should easily translate to a slightly deeper role, as he often drops deeper when the team is in possession anyway. Personally, I can't wait to get this done and dusted so we can welcome him to London. It looks like that won't be long now, possibly before the Olympics even get underway.


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