It took almost two weeks since we announced that Chelsea had signed Oscar and today Chelsea made the deal official with this simple statement on their web site:
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Oscar.
Oscar is believed to have signed a five-year contract after Chelsea paid £25m for his services. He is part of Brazil’s squad for the London 2012 Olympics which means that if Brazil reach the Olympic Final, Oscar will not be at Stamford Bridge until a day or two before the season opener against Wigan.
Oscar shot to prominence last summer when he became the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA Under 20 World Cup final against Portugal.
The Brazilian usually plays in the playmaker role behind, although he is said to be equally comfortable on the left or right of midfield. He is described as a ‘typically brilliant Brazilian No 10′.
From what I have seen and heard, Oscar is a great talent. I just wonder where he will fit into the Chelsea line-up as Juan Mata and Eden Hazard also like to play in the hole behind the striker. Is there anyway that Di Matteo can play all three of them together at the same time?
It might be that Roberto Di Matteo ends up playing the Spain formation with no striker in an attempt to get all these “Number 10′s on the pitch at the same time!
There is no doubt that Abramovich was stunned by the criticism of Chelsea’s defensive play in the Champions League and wants to add more flair and playmaking to the side this season and he has spent a staggering £76m this summer on strengthening the Champions League winner.
In addition to Oscar, Chelsea have also spent £32m on Eden Hazard from Lille, £2m for Hazard’s brother Thorgan from Lens and a further £7m for German international Marko Marin from Werder Bremen.