'Barcelona considering move for former Chelsea star Oscar following Philippe Coutinho's departure'

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Barcelona are ‘considering shock move for former Chelsea star Oscar following Philippe Coutinho’s departure’… but the Brazilian’s £563,000-a-week wages could be a stumbling block for the Catalan giants

  • Barcelona are considering a shock move to sign former Chelsea player Oscar
  • The Catalan giants are said to be looking for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho
  • The midfielder, 30, left Stamford Bridge back in 2017 to join the Chinese outfit
  • Oscar has scored 34 goals and registered 73 assists since arriving in Shanghai


Barcelona are considering a shock move to sign former Chelsea midfielder Oscar, according to reports. 

Oscar left Stamford Bridge in 2017 to join Shanghai Port for an estimated £60million and went on to win the Chinese Super League in the following year. 

However, Oscar could be set for a return to European football as Barcelona are said to be interested in acquiring his services during the January transfer window. 

Barcelona are considering a shock move to sign former Chelsea midfielder Oscar

Barcelona are considering a shock move to sign former Chelsea midfielder Oscar 

Barcelona are reportedly looking for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho after he signed for Aston Villa on loan last week.   

According to Brazilian publication TNT Sports, Barcelona have made contact with Oscar over a possible move to the Nou Camp. 

However, the LaLiga side have made little progress given the fact Oscar is under contract in Shanghai until 2024.

Additionally, Barcelona’s on-going financial struggles could cause another stumbling block for the Catalans. 

Oscar (right) left Stamford Bridge in 2017 to join Shanghai Port for an estimated £60million and went on to win the Chinese Super League in the following year

Oscar (right) left Stamford Bridge in 2017 to join Shanghai Port for an estimated £60million and went on to win the Chinese Super League in the following year 

Barcelona are looking for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho after he signed for Aston Villa

Oscar’s initial contract in Shanghai saw him earn around £400,000-a-week. However, his latest deal – running until 2024 – is seeing him earn around £560,000-a-week.  

Therefore, Barcelona may struggle to match Oscar’s current wages and afford the release clause which will be associated with his early exit.   

Nevertheless, Barcelona are still looking to offload players in a bid to stump up the required cash between now and the end of the January window. 

Barca hope Oscar – who has made 113 appearances in the Super League – can help turn their fortune around this season. 

Oscar has scored 34 goals and registered 73 assists for the Chinese team since arriving in 2017

Oscar has scored 34 goals and registered 73 assists for the Chinese team since arriving in 2017

Oscar has scored 34 goals and registered 73 assists for the Chinese team since arriving in 2017. 

He has also helped his side win the Chinese Super League title in 2018 and the Chinese FA Super Cup in the following season.   

However, the 30-year-old has not featured internationally since Brazil’s 2018 World Cup qualifier in October 2016.  

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