May 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Brazil midfielder Oscar (10) attempts a shot on goal against the USA during the second half of a men's international friendly match at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE
Good news on the Oscar front, probably. Internacional are talking up Chelsea's potential move for the young star, and now we have word of the price tag they're looking for:
I want the transfer of Oscar to be the biggest deal ever in Brazilian football and the Chelsea offer isn't that far from that. If regarding Oscar we get offers that match our expectations, we'll negotiate. But they have to be of the value that mean significant resources for Internacional.
-Giovanni Luigi, Internacional president. Source: Radio Gaucho via ESPN Soccernet.
Sound scary? It's not that bad. Although Brazilians have been involved in some absolutely monstrous transfers, the biggest ones have never come straight out of the Brasileiro. The record, as it turns out, is held by Sao Paolo and Denilson*, who was sold to Real Betis in 1998 for £21.5M (€27.2M).
*Not that one. This one ended up in Major League Soccer nine years later, which is not entirely encouraging.
With Chelsea's supposed bid coming in at £19.8M (€25M), the two sides really aren't that far off on the 20-year-old, and it sounds like Internacional could just be wanting the increased status of the Brazilian transfer record (until Neymar gets sold, anyway) rather than being unhappy with the amount of money on offer. I notice that they weren't talking about this sort of cash when Tottenham Hotspur were involved, but there's always going to be a big markup when Chelsea come calling. That's how it works.