Oscar: What can Chelsea expect?

Chelsea are looking to continue their summer recruitment drive, according to emanating reports suggesting they have agreed a fee for Oscar. The Internacional midfielder has become hit property in recent months following a string of superb performances with the Brazilian outfit. Tottenham Hotspur were also interested in the diminutive schemer, but they now look to have lost out to their London rivals.

But who is Oscar? And how exactly does he play? The 20-year-old is a creative midfielder packing potential in abundance. Since his move to Inter in 2010, a controversial one to say the least, Oscar has made 70 appearances, scoring 19 and contributing towards a further 20. He is set to take part in the Olympics with Brazil this summer, where he’ll be hooking up with team-mate Leandro Damiao.

His career began with Sao Paulo, but ended abruptly in 2009 over a dispute involving unpaid wages. After lengthy court proceedings, a deal was struck back in May that would see Oscar become an official Inter player after a compensation fee was agreed. Now Chelsea are looking to add the midfielder to the midfield ranks, which already boasts new arrivals Eden Hazard and Mark Marin and the likes of Juan Mata, Frank Lampard and Kevin De Bruyne.

So, where is Oscar going to fit in? With the vast array of attacking talent on offer to manager Roberto Di Matteo, a holding midfielder will be necessary to allow the forward men to support the striker. The Brazilian isn’t this type of player, with the youngster more inclined to break forward rather than sit back. Nevertheless, if Chelsea secure his signature, they are bringing in a player who will have a bright future in the game. Yet, the Italian will struggle to accomodate the Brazil midfielder, unless be is preparing to play the 4-6-0 that Spain perfected this summer, using Hazard or Mata as a ‘false 9’.