Chelsea have pulled off another transfer coup by clinching the signature of £25million Brazilian wonderkid Oscar.
Spurs were thought to be leading the chase to sign the Internacional hot-shot with new boss Andre Villas-Boas identifying Oscar as one of his top targets.
But Chelsea now appear to have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals by tabling a 25million euros (£19.8m) bid for the Brazil international, who will represent his country at the London Olympics. One of Oscar’s agents, Carlos Meinberg Neto, has confirmed Chelsea have made an offer for the 20-year-old, but says no agreement has been reached between the clubs as yet.
“Chelsea did offer 25 million euros, but there is still no agreement between the clubs, that will probably happen within the next days,” Neto told Terraa. Neto also revealed he expects Oscar to choose a move to Chelsea ahead of Tottenham and that the move could be finalised in the next few days. ”Giuliano Bertolucci (Oscar’s main agent) will travel to England to finalise the remaining details,” he said. ”Tottenham also made an offer, but he should accept Chelsea’s offer as there is more exposure there”.
However, Oscar has played down talk of a move, telling Globo Esporte: “I will stay.”
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The newly-appointed Brendan Rodgers worked with both players at Swansea, and has identified them as leading summer targets as he looks to make his mark on the Reds squad ahead of the coming season.
Liverpool will swiftly turn their attentions to Allen once a deal for Borini is completed. The midfielder was hugely impressive last season for Swansea as he made 36 appearances in his debut Premier League campaign, earning a place in the Team GB Olympic football squad this summer.
A move for Allen would break the ‘player protection’ agreement reached between the two clubs that Rodgers would not try to pinch any Swans players die 12 months after leaving for the Anfield job in June. Rodgers, however, is desperate to land the 22-year-old after missing out on Gylfi Sigurdsson to Tottenham and, amid interest from other clubs, is hopeful of striking a deal to sign the £10m-rated all-action midfielder.
Liverpool are already in advanced talks with Roma over a deal worth around £8 million for Borini, the Italy international who made nine appearances on loan at Swansea from Chelsea in the 2010-11 season. The 21-year-old was co-owned by Parma and Roma but the Giallorossi took full ownership of his contract last month for £3.95m, removing an obstacle for the Reds as they look to add more firepower to the squad.
Borini has declared in June that he will remain at Roma, where he scored 10 goals last term, adding: “It’s not my business that there is talk about whether I go there [to Liverpool] or stay.” However, a move to Anfield is becoming increasingly likely as Rodgers looks to make three or four signings, stating on Monday that the club hoped to add a “real exciting” player this week.
Both Borini and Allen fit the mould set out by Reds’ owners Fenway Sports Group of young, talented players with sell-on value and potential to improve.