Chelsea have signed Brazil international Oscar for a fee understood to be about £25m. The 20-year-old midfielder, who has joined the Champions League winners from Internacional, is currently part of his country’s Olympic squad. The 20-year-old, who is in Brazil’s Olympic squad for the Games in London, arrives at Stamford Bridge from Brazilian side Internacional. The attacking midfielder, whose full name is Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior, began his career at Sao Paulo. He left the capital for Internacional in Dec 2010 and has played at every level of international football from Under-15 to Under-20. In 2011 he attracted the attention of several clubs when he scored a hat-trick in Brazil’s 3-2 win over Portugal in the final of the Under-20 World Cup. He has six caps for Brazil’s senior side and made his debut as a substitute in a 0-0 draw with Argentina in September 2011.
He underwent a medical at Stamford Bridge after arriving in London to compete at the Olympics and helped Brazil beat Great Britain 2-0 in a pre-London 2012 friendly. He is expected to make his Olympic debut on Thursday when Brazil face Egypt in Cardiff. “He is a fantastic player, one of the youngest to push through to Brazil’s national team, He will add a lot of options and solutions for us in midfield.” Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo told the club’s website. “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Oscar,” the European champions announced on their website.No transfer fee or contract details were given. British media reports said the deal was worth approximately 25 million pounds ($38.7m). Oscar’s signing adds to Chelsea’s spending in the off season. They have already acquired Belgian Eden Hazard from Lille and German Marko Marin from Werder Bremen. Lampard, who is on Chelsea’s tour to America, believes Chelsea will benefit from the increased competition for places. “We proved to be a great team and a great unit in the second half of last season, this year maybe we are slightly different because we have more new young players coming in.” he said. “It will be a challenge to make sure we have the right balance within the team, so we will have to see how we fit the team together with all the players,” said the Chelsea manager. He continued, “The club has always been competitive, looking to improve, get better and fight at the top end of the league so it will only give us a better chance in the Premier League.”
The 20-year-old who calls himself the “modern playmaker” has become the latest young Brazilian to make a move to European soccer, joining the European champions as soon as the Olympics are over. The expectations about Oscar are so high in Brazil that he is seen as one of the players guaranteed to be on the team which will try to give the nation the World Cup title at home in 2014. This newest signing has a big role to play helping Brazil try to win its first Olympic gold medal in men’s soccer. Oscar will be wearing the No. 10 jersey made famous by Pele and will be in charge of leading the Brazilian midfield during the London Games.