Chelsea player Oscar dos Santos Emboaba, commonly referred to as Oscar, is set to complete his switch to China to play for Shanghai SIPG in a £52 million deal.
The Brazilian is set to earn four times his salary in England with the Chinese side. The player currently earns a reported £90,000 a week but will see any time that in China particularly when his image rights deal is sorted.
The image right deal and accommodation are some of the issues holding the deal off but would soon be sorted out, reported say. The 25-year old would join the growing community of Brazilian stars in China. His stats, age, nativity and looks will surely be a plus when he arrives in the Far East.
SIPG, funded by the city’s Port Authority, is not as enthusiastic about signing the player as reports say the government is the one forcing the deal to pull through. The government – a major shareholder in the Port Authority – is persuading the city’s top clubs SIPG and Shenhua to make big singings in a bid to fuel the city.
The Chinese Grand Prix held in Jiading circuit used to be the world most expensive motor racing circuit before the completion of Abu Dhabi circuit. The city’s agreement with Formula One is set to end in months else the search for attractions to drive traffic to the city.
Shenhua is set to lure former Juventus forward Carlos Tevez to the city from Argentina and are believed to have reached out to Chelsea defender John Terry. The city is willing to pay the veteran huge fees if he agrees to be the first Englishman to move to the Chinese League from the Premier League.
There are 21 Brazilians playing in the Chinese Super League, which is believed would provide a strong support for Oscar when he complete the move to join Andre Villas-Boas’ team. Hulk has grown to become arguably the biggest name in the league and won the battle with his manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. He is believed to have recommended Villas-Boas – his coach at Zenit – and Oscar.