At first, they were going for our fringe players; now, they are going after our stars. Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Oscar's agent Giuliano Bertolucci confirmed that Chelsea did in fact reject a transfer bid from a Chinese club for the Brazilian attacking midfielder.
Although Bertolucci didn't want to reveal the amount offered to Chelsea nor the bidding club, ESPN claims that it was a €75 million bid from Jiangsu Suning (approx. £57.7 million — which matches The Sun's version of the rumor from earlier), the same club who bought Ramires and our rumoured transfer target Alex Teixeira.
Given the confirmation from his agent, it's probably safe to assume that Oscar himself was well aware of the interest, and that he's likely okay with the club rejecting the bid. His performances throughout his career with Chelsea so far may have been inconsistent, but he's still a very talented player who can be, at times, downright indispensable. And he wants to stay, or at least is okay with foregoing massive wages in a faraway land in a less glamorous league and association. Same difference, at the end of the day.
The Chinese transfer window will only close down on February 26th and until then, Jiangsu Suning might come knocking with an improved offer. We shall see just how strong the club and Oscar can stay in the face of ridiculously huge amounts of money on offer.