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Juventus to step up Oscar interest with official bid - report

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Juventus have been making smart moves in this transfer window. They've already been able to get players such as Mario Mandzukic from Atlético Madrid and Paulo Dybala from Palermo for reasonable fees in a crazed European market flowing with money from new TV deals. Now, Massimiliano Allegri, who spent a lot of time courting Oscar to the media, is trying to do the same with the Brazilian midfielder, and according to a report from Italy ...

The Bianconeri [Juventus] are rolling up their sleeves to introduce the Blues with an official offer.

Source: Corriere dello Sport

If you stop there, it makes total sense. Allegri has been looking into Oscar for quite some time, and he feels like he would be a perfect playmaker for Juve in his 4-3-1-2/4-1-2-1-2 side. The problem is that according to Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea is willing to sell Oscar for only €35 million (£24.5 million). Allegri would initially make a €28 million Euros (£19.6 million) bid, hoping that the Blues bite.

Most of us agree that Oscar plays a key role in Chelsea today, helping the club maintain their structure whenever we employ Matic and Fàbregas as the pivot duo in Mourinho's 4-2-3-1. Without him, the club has sometimes looked lost. We also know that Mourinho won't hold a player if a bid comes for the right price -- we've seen it happening with David Luiz and Juan Mata. But given Oscar's importance and the figures from Mata's and David Luiz's transfers, it's really hard to believe that Chelsea will sell for just £24.5 million.

Maybe we can start thinking about it if Pogba comes our way, but Juventus seem intent on keeping their midfield ace for another season. Without a replacement available for Oscar, would the Blues really want to give him up?