Oscar has completed a transfer to faraway China, his £60 million move from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG has been confirmed by both clubs, and it’s among the biggest transfers in the football world today.
Many ex-players, pundits and coaches have slammed the move, and one would wonder — if the three parties involved in the deal are satisfied, why are others aggrieved?
Jurgen Klopp slammed the move by saying: “I have no idea how people make decisions like this but for me it is no option.”
Mauricio Pochettino said he cannot understand the temptation to make such a move, criticising modern footballers for just chasing money instead of furthering their careers.
He said: “It’s difficult to understand this type of decision,”
“Football for me is not only money, it’s to be competitive.”
Chief moaner Arsene Wenger said: “It’s a surprise. It’s a distortion,”
So why are other clubs and managers so invested in this transfer?
It’s more about the money Chelsea will have than the money Oscar will earn. With Oscar’s transfer, Chelsea will have an additional £60 million for transfer, and the club could decide to spend that sum on a world-class player, thereby increasing the quality of a squad that’s already dominating the league.
If the club had sold the likes of Eden Hazard for that sum, not many would have raised an eyebrow, because we are selling a key player that’s important to Chelsea’s title-winning ability. In the eyes of rivals, the sale of Oscar is like earning free £60 million. To sell a player for that fee, who hasn’t started a game in the last 11 league matches, and has barely kicked a ball for Chelsea since October, is like getting free money, and knowing that Chelsea are a big club with huge revenues, has caused the likes of Wenger and Co to worry.
To rival managers, it’s more about what the money can do for Chelsea than the money Oscar will earn, and with Chelsea being on top, they sure do have a reason to be afraid.