Chelsea have been told that any deal for Internacional star Oscar must be the biggest transfer in the history of Brazilian football.
The reigning European champions have tabled an offer worth £25 million, according to the Daily Mirror, but Internacional’s club president Giovani Luigi remains adamant that any deal for the 20-year-old attacking midfielder will have to smash existing transfer records.
“I want the transfer of Oscar to be the biggest transfer deal ever in Brazilian football.” Luigi told Brazilian radio station Radio Gaucha. “And the Chelsea offer isn’t far from that.”
As reported interest from Chelsea, Inter and Tottenham heightens, Luigi remains determined to hold out for a record-breaking offer. “To let the player go, we have to make sure that from an economic point of view the sale is one of the most important in the history of Brazilian football, because the boy will be a world star.
“Right now, the offer from Chelsea does not reach those levels.”
Should Chelsea wish to land the highly rated youngster, who will represent his nation this summer at the Olympics, any offer would seemingly have to trump the transfer of winger Denilson, who moved from Sao Paulo to Spanish club Real Betis for £21.5 million in 1998, a transfer which remains the most expensive transfer involving a Brazilian club.
Similarly, a move to Stamford Bridge for Oscar would have to dwarf the deals that bought seleção stars Robinho and Alexandre Pato to Europe, which cost Real Madrid and AC Milan £19 million respectively.
Chelsea are thought to have moved ahead of their London rivals Tottenham in the race to sign Oscar, and have already shown their willingness to pay big money for the top young talent in world football, following their acquisitions of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin this summer.