Oscar missed Chelsea's game against Everton thanks to a last-minute injury, so inevitably, he's been suddenly thrown into the rumor mill. And not just any rumor mill, the Italian rumor mill. So while you know it's probably nothing more than just hogwash, the Italians generally are expert millers and know how to entice even the most stoic and sensible fan. The trick this time is to include a certain Paul Pogba in the story.
Chelsea playmaker Oscar has emerged as a shock transfer target for Juventus, according to reports in Italy.
The Serie A champions are wary of the growing interest in their own attacking midfielder Paul Pogba, who is being courted by Real Madrid. [...] And, according to Tuttosport, Oscar is the man Juventus have identified to fill the boots of Pogba.
I'm quoting talkSport here (and feeling dirty for it), but they're just picking up what Tuttosport are putting down. Though that's not making me feel any cleaner.
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And yet ... throw in Paul Pogba and perhaps it becomes an enticing proposition. It's widely assumed that Pogba, despite his new contract, will leave Juventus in the summer transfer window. Real Madrid may be in pole position, but surely if Juve's interest in Oscar is real, we could offer the 23-year-old in a partial exchange and gazzump everybody else for the world's most coveted summer transfer target just like we did with Eden Hazard. Maybe we should win the Champions League just to be safe?
In just his third season at Stamford Bridge, Oscar's already made almost 150 appearances for Chelsea and has become a key part of the team especially since Jose Mourinho took over. Yet, he's clearly not undroppable like, say, Hazard, and he's had a tendency to fade in the second halves of seasons. None of his shortcomings, of which there are few, are anywhere near bad enough to give up on him and advocate a straight-up sale of course ... but if we get the ultra-talented Paul Pogba in return ... well ... I certainly would be more than just tempted.
What say you? What price would you pay to see Pogba in Chelsea blue? Is 1 Oscar (plus cash?) too much? Is this crazy enough that it just might work?