Martin Keown: ‘This transfer will damage Chelsea’

The former Gunner believes Chelsea should not sell Oscar.

The Blues have reportedly accepted a £60m bid from the Chinese Super League club for the Brazil international.

However, Keown thinks Antonio Conte will be left with a much weaker squad if he leaves mid-season.

“I think his departure would weaken Chelsea’s cause — and you question the ambition of the player,” Martin Keown told the Daily Mail.

“Even though he is not playing at the moment, the 25-year-old would be moving away from the best league in Europe.

“Oscar is surely well paid enough as it as at Chelsea but, with a transfer fee of £52m, the club will no doubt happily take the pot of gold.

“Odion Ighalo was in a similar situation last year.

“He has not been starting recently for Watford but if he re-establishes himself in the team and starts scoring again then I’m sure he would be happier than if he had taken the money and gone to China.”

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