There’s probably a few people out there feeling sorry for Oscar at the moment.
Despite generally playing well during his time at the club, he’s been mostly overlooked this season and is set to see his career open a new chapter with a move away during the January transfer window.
However, those thinking it strange that he could be on his way to China while not yet reaching his prime might do well to keep their feelings in check.
It is odd, that being a player of fine pedigree in his early 20s is struggling to attract interest from a more prestigious institution than Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, but the money they’re offering is quite simply outrageous.
The money has been flowing through the Chinese game over the past year, and Chelsea, if the deal goes ahead, will receive a tasty fee in the region of £60million for his services.
If that deal does go ahead it will be the 16th biggest transfer in football history.
Madness considering he’s never actually been that influential.
But if the transfer fee isn’t eye watering enough, what Shanghai are willing to pay him certainly is. A report in the Times crunched the numbers over his potential pay packet and it is truly something sensational.
Oscar currently earns a not unhealthy weekly salary of £90,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge, but is set to see that rocket to a stunning £400,000-per-week
And that’s after taxes, so in China he will earn £20million a year, which the Times report claim will make him the third highest paid player behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
And he’s understandably happy with that, as the report goes on to claim that Turkish giants Fenerbahce tried to convince him to join them using the lure of Champions League football as bait.
But he has opted to follow the money and head for China instead.
But while his wallet will thrive, will his career suffer?