CHELSEA’S Brazilian contingent looks set to grow after Oscar arrived in London to finalise the details of his proposed £25million move to Stamford Bridge.
The 20-year-old landed at Heathrow on Tuesday afternoon and is understood to to have been rushed off to undergo a medical with Blues staff and sign a contract.
Oscar is part of his country’s squad for this summer’s Olympic Games but was given permission by the Brazilian Football Confederation to go for the tests.
Part of the medical examinations were believed to have taken place in Rio de Janeiro before the Internacional midfielder jetted into the UK.
Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo said: “I know there has been speculation we are interested in this player and in due course if there is anything to announce we will do. All I would say is that he is a very young talented midfield player.”
Oscar would link up with compatriots David Luiz, Ramires and highly-rated youngster Lucas Piazon at Stamford Bridge, with further Samba signings mooted as potential summer arrivals.
Forwards Hulk and Willian have both been long-term targets of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, although Oscar’s arrival could see the Russian end his interest in the pair.
Inter Milan defender Maicon is also on Abramovich’s shopping list, however Real Madrid are also attempting to prise the 30-year-old away from the San Siro and have lodged a bid for the right-back.
Oscar, who can play in advanced attacking midfield roles or as a withdrawn striker, is expected to turn out for Brazil in a friendly match against Stuart Pearce’s Team GB on Saturday.
His capture would push Chelsea’s summer spending past the £60million mark following the capture of Belgian forward Eden Hazard and German wide-man Marko Marin.
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