Barca made contact with Oscar over a January move

Image Credit: Oscar”, by Ben Sutherland licensed under CC BY 2.0

It appears that Barcelona will go all out to complete more transfers in the ongoing transfer window after the successful registration of new signing Ferran Torres. Xavi Hernandez’s priority at the moment is a striker and reports suggest that talks of a move for Alvaro Morata are still prevailing.

Meanwhile, a shocking report by Marcelo Bechler (h/t TNT Sports) claims that the Catalan giants are considering a move for Brazilan playmaker and former Chelsea midfielder Oscar from Shanghai Port, once known as Shanghai SIPG.

Oscar, 30, has been in China for five years, after calling it quits at Chelsea in the January transfer window in 2017 for a lucrative contract that saw him criticized for playing for the money. He is the present captain of Shanghai Port and has made 170 appearances thus far with 50 goals and 93 assists to his name.

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Oscar was regarded as one of the best playmakers in Europe before his move to China. It can be recalled that he made over 200 appearances for Chelsea after joining from Brazilian outfit Internacional.

He has been very impressive in his time in China although his stock has declined in recent years. Regardless, reports now suggest that Barcelona are interested in signing him as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho who joined Aston Villa on loan and have made contact over a move.

According to the report, Barca also attempted to sign Oscar in January last year but a move couldn’t be completed due to financial limitations. Regardless, the report also states that a transfer may also not be possible presently due to the club’s financial situation with Oscar’s contract set to run until 2024.

Xavi Hernandez has a host of midfield players in his team and the acquisition of Oscar doesn’t look like a wise decision. The Brazilian would also command a significant transfer fee alongside wages thus making the deal not feasible.