According to the London Evening Standard, Chelsea will look to reinvest the entire £60 million that’s on offer from Shanghai SIPG for Oscar, which would be in line with the club’s standard operating practice since the beginning of the Abramovich era and could prove the final incentive needed for head coach Antonio Conte to approve the deal.
@NizaarKinsella club might not spend it all next month, but Chelsea have always spent 100% of revenue and then some— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) December 14, 2016
Oscar told the Brazilian press last night that his deal is '90%' done, but according to several reports, he has yet to inform Conte, who could still ask the club to prevent the transfer depending on his plans for the 25-year-old. According to the Standard’s story, player and coach are “likely to hold talks” about this today. Meanwhile, according to Sky Sports, Oscar would actually “rather stay” at the club and fight for his place — obviously Chelsea can’t sell without Oscar’s approval.
With the incoming funds from Oscar's potential transfer, Chelsea could be looking for a new defender to add to Conte’s options. Names that have recently emerged in the rumour mill include Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, Hoffenheim's Niklas Süle and Roma's Antonio Rüdiger. The Standard reports that we could also target a full back, while Oscar's departure would certainly leave space for a new midfielder to arrive from the market or the youth ranks.