Chelsea transfer news: Oscar to seal £52m China switch, Cesc Fabregas heading for exit, Virgil Van Dijk in?

A round-up of all the potential ins and outs at Stamford Bridge

Charlie Doris
Wednesday 14 December 2016 09:16
Oscar has failed to make an impression on Blues boss Antonio Conte
Oscar has failed to make an impression on Blues boss Antonio Conte

Chelsea midfielder Oscar looks set to join up with former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas at Chinese club Shanghai SIPG in a deal in the region of £60m.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Brazilian midfielder will become the latest star to join the Chinese Super League following in the footsteps of former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, who left the club for Jiangsu Suning last season.

Oscar is expected to boost his salary to £350,000-a-week with Shanghai and should complete the move next month after finding first team opportunities hard to come by at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte.

The tricky playmaker has struggled to adapt to Conte’s style of play this season and, as a result, has only featured on nine occasions for the club and hasn't made a Premier League start since the club’s defeat to Liverpool earlier this campaign.

Oscar has been subject to interest from the Far East in the past with Jiangsu Suning and Luiz Felipe Scolari’s club, Guangzhou Evergrande, both expressing the desire to sign the Brazil international.

Antonio Conte has failed to confirm whether Cesc Fabregas will still be a Chelsea player by the end of the January transfer window intensifying speculation linking the midfielder with a move away from the club.

Fabregas has fallen out of favour with Conte and has been unable to find a regular place in the Chelsea midfield following the arrival of N’Golo Kante from Leicester in the summer.

The London Evening Standard reports that, when asked about the Spainard’s future at the club, Conte couldn’t guarantee that he would still be at the club come the end of next month’s window.

“In football, in my experience, it's very difficult to guarantee always something, so this is difficult," Conte said.

“But Cesc is an important player for us. He played a key match against Manchester City, and played very well. In the last match (against West Brom) he came on very well during the game.

“Tomorrow I have still to decide the starting XI (to play Sunderland), but Cesc is always a good choice, for me.”

Fabregas is reportedly wanted by Serie A giants AC Milan and Roma.

Fabregas' influence at Stamford Bridge has faded since his breakthrough season at the club.

Virgil van Dijk is at the top of Chelsea’s transfer wish list as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his defensive reinforcements for the remainder of the season, according to the Evening Standard.

The Netherlands international is quickly establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s best centre backs and his superb form for Southampton this season has alerted Blues boss Conte.

Conte’s recent tactical change to 3-4-3 has paid dividends for Chelsea, who currently sit three points clear at the top of the Premier League, but the Italian boss is keen expand his defensive options with three slots now to fill in central defence.

And, with John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic’s futures uncertain at the club, the 25-year-old defender could be a suitable long-term option for the Blues.

van Dijk reportedly has a £25million release clause in his current deal on the South Coast but Chelsea face competition from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool if they are to sign him.

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