Chelsea could be poised for another exciting big-money capture as Roman Abramovich appears set on finally getting the attractive playing style which he has craved for so long. Already having signed creative midfielders Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, the Blues are said to be on the verge of adding a third in the form of Brazilian starlet Oscar.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Chelsea are now in prime position to sign the 20-year-old Internacional man having jumped ahead of fellow-suitors Tottenham. Oscar has already represented Brazil at senior level and will be a key part of his country's plans at the Olympics beginning later this month.
One of Oscar's agents, Carlos Meinberg Neto, revealed Chelsea's interest.
Giuliano Bertolucci [Oscar's main agent] will travel to England to finalize the remaining details, he said, according to Sky Sports.
Tottenham also made an offer, but he should accept Chelsea's offer as there is more exposure there.
It has been claimed that the player will arrive for €25 million (£19.8m). There is a different story coming out of Internacional, however, with the Brazilian club stating that they have received no offers for Oscar or their other prized asset, Leandro Damiao.
There have been no offers for Oscar and Leandro Damiao, Internacional president, Giovanni Luigi said, according to Sky Sports.
Internacional have the practice of selling one or two players every transfer window.
This system has been working and we will keep it, developing players, then finding replacements if they are sold while the window is open.
So we might sell a player, but right now no offer has been made for any player in the squad.
Just where Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo would fit Oscar into his team next season remains to be seen.
Belgian star Eden Hazard was widely expected to fill the creative role off of the front line at Stamford Bridge. Oscar likes to fill the same position and offers a similar blend of playmaking abilities and strong goal-scoring instincts.
Chelsea have also been linked with enhancing their attacking options with a move for Fiorentina's versatile front man Stevan Jovetic. It appears that it would take another massive outlay from Abramovich to lure the Montenegrin to Stamford Bridge. The Viola's sporting director Daniele Prade has said that he has no intention of allowing their top scorer to leave for anything less than €30 million (£23.7m).
Since the start of the season we have said that we are not selling Jovetic, Prade said, according to Sky Sports.
There is, however, an agreement with the player that (should we get an offer) above a certain figure, we will sit down and evaluate the offer.
So far we have not received an offer for the player.
He is a top player and we will only consider offers above €30 million.
Chelsea may also be looking to bolster the defensive side of their midfield this summer and have reportedly been keeping tabs on Blackburn's Steven Nzonzi. The Frenchman's desire to leave the relegated club has been made clear to the now-Championship side, according to the Lancashire Telegraph. Blackburn have responded by leaving him out of their pre-season training camp in Austria.
According to the story, Blackburn are prepared to allow the 23-year-old holding midfielder leave for a fee of £10 million. Nzonzi is also thought to be interesting Arsenal, Stoke and Borussia Dortmund.
Nzonzi may be needed to provide reinforcement if reports that Barcelona are looking to activate the buy-back clause on Oriol Romeu come to fruition. TalkSport claims that the Catalan giants are prepared to bring the player back for the €10 million fee agreed when Romeu made the switch to Stamford Bridge last summer.
It is difficult to see that Romeu did enough in his first season at Chelsea to convince Barcelona to bring the 20-year-old midfielder back, however. The buy-back clause also merely allows Barcelona first-option on the player, should Chelsea decide to sell.
After a promising start to his Chelsea career, Romeu made just two appearances after Roberto Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas-Boas.