Before the Brazilian playmaker switched to Stamford Bridge, there were a host of European sides interested in luring him away from Internactional. Real have added to their squad through the South American market in the past, with Jose Mourinho, the Madrid boss at the time, keen on adding to his creative ranks with the acquisition of Oscar. But it was ultimately decided that Madrid were overloaded with attacking midfielders, which paved the way for Oscar to join Chelsea for a big-money deal. Now Oscar works under Mourinho in the Premier League, and the Portuguese tactician has shown his admiration of the playmaker by regularly choosing him over established attacker Juan Mata. The Brazil international has rewarded his boss by finding the back of the net on five occasions this term, setting up three along the way.
Real Madrid nearly signed Oscar before move to Chelsea
Daily Star | Nov 19