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Chelsea confirm Oscar signing; Benfica want £31m for Witsel

Chelsea have announced the signing of Brazil international Oscar after the Blues agreed a transfer fee of £25 million for the Sport Club Internacional ace, Sky Sports understands.

The official statement on Chelsea’s website read: “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Oscar.”

At the moment, Oscar is in England with the rest of Brazil’s Olympic Squad, but he will eventually join the likes of new signings Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, who also joined the European champions this summer, at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard and Marin have had their moments of brilliance during Chelsea’s pre-season tour in the United States. It’s just a matter of time before Oscar joins in on the fun.

Earlier this week, the 20-year-old midfield maestro revealed that joining Chelsea would be a dream switch.

“If I go to Chelsea it will be a dream come true,” said Oscar.

“They are one of the greatest teams in Europe. I am confident I will have a good Olympics and, if I go to Chelsea, I will arrive feeling good.”

With his transfer saga out of the way, Oscar can now turn all of his attention to the Brazil Olympic squad.

The Samba Kings will kick-0ff their London 2012 campaign on 26 July against Egypt at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, with Oscar expected to feature in the starting XI.

Will Brazilian ace Oscar be a star at Stamford Bridge?

Benfica want £31m for Witsel

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has revealed that Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel will not leave the Portuguese giants for less than his £31 million buyout clause, according to Sky Sports.

Witsel has been linked with a bevy of Europe’s premier football clubs, including the likes of AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid, this summer.

The 23-year-old signed a five-year contract, including a €40 million release clause, with Benfica in the summer of 2011 after arriving in Portugal via the Belgian Pro League (Standard Liège).

As previously mentioned, Benfica chairman Luis Filipe Vieira is adamant that the midfielder will not leave the Estádio da Luz for less than €40 million.

“Every club knows what his release clause is,” Vieira told Antena 1.

“If they come here and pay that fee, then there is nothing that we can do.

“We are very happy with Witsel and we do not think about selling him.”

Will one of Europe’s top clubs pay €40 million for Axel Witsel’s signature? Only time will tell.

Wed 25 July, 2012
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