According to the London Evening Standard, Inter Milan are set to make a new attempt at acquiring Brazilian midfielder Oscar. Internazionale were one of the clubs in the chase for the player when he moved to Chelsea from Internacional (ed. note: that’s confusing!) for £25 million in 2012, and have also tried to get him during the last transfer window.
Since Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool and the introduction of the 3-4-3 tactical system by head coach Antonio Conte, Oscar has only managed to make three appearances: one start in the League Cup loss against West Ham United and two cameos totaling 30 minutes against Hull City and Everton in the Premier League. He started the season as one of our first choice midfielders alongside Nemanja Matic and N'Golo Kanté, but now he finds himself out of Conte's preferred starting line-ups.
The Standard reports that the Nerazzurri are optimistic with their chances of getting Oscar from Chelsea, even if they have to wait until next summer to do so. Chelsea will only consider a bid of at least £25 million, matching the figure spent by the Blues four years ago. Oscar’s current contract runs out in 2019.
Oscar is no stranger to the rumor mill, having been linked quite heavily with moves to Juventus, Inter, and even China over the last few transfer windows. But even though the 25-year-old has fallen behind in the pecking order, he's still a great backup to have in the team considering his overall quality as a footballer and his ability to play in multiple positions. Letting him go for £25 million, especially in light of the lopsided amounts paid nowadays by clubs to get players not as talented as Oscar and with less time remaining on their contracts, doesn't seem like a good idea.