Ex-Chelsea star Oscar reveals Barcelona talks ‘not over’ as cash-strapped club offloads flops to free up wages

FORMER Chelsea ace Oscar is reportedly continuing discussions with Barcelona over a potential transfer.

Brazilian news outlets claim the 30-year-old insists negotiations ‘are not over yet’ with the Catalan club reportedly waiting on player departures.

The former Stamford Bridge midfielder currently plies his trade in the Chinese Super League following his £60million move to Shanghai Port.

And the 2017 switch saw the player, who won four major trophies with Chelsea, become one of the highest-earning footballers in the world.

Oscar is reported to have told Brazilian news site TNT Sports of Barcelona’s interest in bringing him to the Nou Camp.

The midfielder said: “'I was told about this interest, I guess they're still trying to figure something out.

“Barca has this issue about registering new signings and they'd still need to sort talks with my club.

“From what I’m told, talks with Barcelona are not over yet.

“The problem is that they’re struggling to register signings… there has to be some departures from Barca.”

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Reports claim Oscar is ready to take a wage cut in order to seal a January transfer to the Nou Camp.

The midfielder, who began his senior playing career at Brazilian side Sao Paulo, is thought to earn around £400,000-a-week making him the fifth-highest earner in football.

It is claimed Barca are looking to reinforce their ranks following the arrivals of Manchester City forward Ferran Torres and veteran defender Dani Alves who is 38.

And club president Joan Laporta was confident the Catalan giants could bring new additions in this month, with his claim that the club are ‘back as big players’ in the market.

However, this month it was reported financial concerns have prevented the side from being able to register Torres following his switch.

And they reportedly aim to reduce their wage bill with the futures of Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, and Sergino Dest thought to be uncertain.

Oscar who spent five years at Chelsea has enjoyed silverware success in China winning a league crown in 2018 and the Chinese Cup a year later.

And the player won two Prem titles and league and FA Cup during his spell at Stamford Bridge following a 2012 move from Brazilian side Internacional.

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