Oscar set to leave Chelsea in £52m China transfer as he joins Hulk and Andre Villas-Boas at Shanghai SIPG

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Chelsea midfielder Oscar is joining Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG for a fee of around £52million.

The Brazilian midfielder has fallen out of favour under Antonio Conte, and hasn’t started a Premier League game since mid-September.

And now he is being given a way out by the Chinese side, who also have Brazilian striker Hulk in their squad and are managed by former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar is joining Chinese club Shanghai SIPG for a fee of around £52million

Chelsea midfielder Oscar is joining Chinese club Shanghai SIPG for a fee of around £52million

Oscar has been a Chelsea player since 2012, playing over 200 games for the club

Oscar has been a Chelsea player since 2012, playing over 200 games for the club

The Brazilian won the Europa League with the club in his first season

The Brazilian won the Europa League with the club in his first season

Hulk is believed to be on a wage of £320,000, and cost the CSL’s current record transfer fee when he joined.

Oscar’s fee will eclipse that by around £5m, as he becomes the third big-name former Chelsea player currently in China following Demba Ba and Ramires. Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka have also had stints in the country.

Oscar has been at Stamford Bridge since 2012, playing over 200 games for the club in all competitions.

He has won one Premier League title, the Europa League and the League Cup, as well as twice winning the club’s goal of the season.

The Brazilian has been capped 48 times for his country, winning the confederations cup and an Olympic silver medal back in 2012. 

Oscar twice won the club's goal of the season, including with this strike against Juventus

Oscar twice won the club’s goal of the season, including with this strike against Juventus

Oscar will join compatriot Hulk, who earns £320,000-a-week at Shanghai SIPG

Oscar will join compatriot Hulk, who earns £320,000-a-week at Shanghai SIPG

The move from Chelsea to China is similar to the one that took Didier Drogba to Shanghai

The move from Chelsea to China is similar to the one that took Didier Drogba to Shanghai

Graziano Pelle was another Premier League player to make a big-money move to China

Graziano Pelle was another Premier League player to make a big-money move to China

OSCAR’S CHELSEA STATS 

Games: 203

Goals: 38

Honours: Europa League (2012), League Cup (2015), Premier League (2015) 

He joins the Chinese side at a time of financial boom for the league, with five of the 14 best-paid footballers in the world now playing in the CSL.

Graziano Pelle, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Jackson Martinez are all recent arrivals in the league, while Villas-Boas himself is also on big money, earning £11m-a-year since replacing former England boss Sven Goran-Eriksson. 

Shanghai finished third in the league last season, meaning that their Asian Champions League campaign begins early in the play-off rounds in February. 

They have never won the Super League, but did finish second under Eriksson in 2015. 

RECOGNISE THESE NAMES..THEY ARE ALL IN THE CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE 

GERVINHO (HEBEI CHINA FORTUNE)

Now 29, the former Arsenal and Roma star has already become a popular cult figure in China, scoring a memorable solo goal against Beijing in May with a run that started on the touchline by the halfway line 

STEPHANE M’BIA ( HEBEI CHINA FORTUNE)

Previously played in the Premier League for QPR, captained Cameroon at the World Cup and won the Europa League twice with Sevilla. Joined Hebei China Fortune in January from Trabzonspor in Turkey. 

OBAFEMI MARTINS (SHANGHAI SHENHUA)

Forever remembered by Birmingham City fans for his winning goal against Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup Final, the Nigerian has since movedto more exotic pastures, joining Shanghai from Seattle in MLS

DEMBA BA (SHANGHAI SHENHUA)

Formerly of West Ham, Newcastle United and Chelsea, the 31-year-old Senegal striker has played in six different countries and scored goals in every one, including a treble in April against Shijiazhuang.

GAEL KAKUTA (HEVEI CHINA FORTUNE)

Exciting winger who didn’t make the grade at Chelsea but is finding a new lease of life in China. Only 25, he fits the wishes of the authorities who want younger players in their league besides experience.

GRAZIANO PELLE (SHANDONG LUNENG)

Starred for Italy at Euro 2016 and straight into a life-changing move to China where he becomes the joint-fifth best paid player in the world. Southampton have also made a £5million profit on the deal

EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI (HEBEI CHINA FORTUNE)

Also now one of the highest-paid players in the world after signing from Paris St Germain in February. Argentine international is now one of the poster-boys for the Super League on more than £300k-a-week

HULK (SHANGHAI SIPG)

His transfer from Zenit was an Asian record £46million and he is now the third-best paid player in the world. Played for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup under Scolari, will now work with Eriksson

RAMIRES (JIANGSU SUNING)

His £25million departure from Chelsea in January was sudden and alerted Premier League fans that China was now a serious player. Forever remembered for his goal against Barcelona in 2012.

ALEX TEIXEIRA (JIANGSU SUNING)

Was the record signing at £38million before the recent Hulk deal. 26-year-old midfielder from Shakhtar Donetsk was wanted by Liverpool but the booming Chinese market just blew them out the water.

JACKSON MARTINEZ (GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE)

Rated as one of the world’s top strikers at Porto and Atletico Madrid, even though he disappointed in Spain, the Colombian’s move to China was a shock. Will be a blow to Super League if he returns to Europe.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-4029516/Oscar-set-leave-Chelsea-52m-China-transfer-joins-Hulk-Andre-Villas-Boas-Shanghai-SIPG.html#ixzz4SkaI70iY 
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