Brazilian international midfielder Oscar has arrived in Shanghai to join his new Chinese club, Shanghai SIPG. Oscar left Chelsea for a reported transfer fee worth 63 million US dollars.
The 25-year-old, who scored 38 goals in 203 appearances for Chelsea, lifted the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League trophies during his four-and-a-half-year spell at the club.
Brazilian international midfielder Oscar arrives at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, after agreeing to join China super league football club Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea in Shanghai, China, January 2, 2017. /CFP Photo
"(Oscar's joining) will definitely (help) enhance the team's capabilities...Our team surely will improve a lot this year, thanks to no big changes (in the team) and the addition of foreign players. Our goal is to strive for the championship, nothing else,” China Radio International(CRI) quoted an anonymous source as saying.
Along with compatriots Hulk and Elkeson, Oscar has become the latest Brazilian to join SIPG. The trio have cost the club more than 140 million US dollars in transfer fees, while Hulk and Oscar are on contracts worth a reported 490,000 US dollars each per week, making them among the highest paid footballers in the world.
Shanghai SIPG finished third in this year's Chinese Super League campaign. SIPG are due to head to Qatar in the coming days to begin its winter training sessions.
(Adapted from CRI)