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Fresh rumours have surfaced about the future of Oscar, who is looking increasingly likely to leave Chelsea depending upon the tabloid papers. Oscar was labelled as the untouchable number 10 by Jose Mourinho at the start of the season. His presence even persuaded the club to sell Juan Mata, who had been the best player for the club in the last two seasons, to Manchester United for £ 37.1 million. However, poor performances in the second half of the season appears to have changed the mind of Mourinho.
There have been rumours in recent weeks that Oscar could be joining the likes of PSG and Real Madrid. Now, the FIFA agent has said that talks have been ongoing between Chelsea and Real Madrid over a potential deal involving Oscar and Luka Modric. Mourinho showed a lot of interest in bringing Luka Modric to the Santiago Bernabeu. The deal was estimated to be £ 35 million. Even though the midfielder was widely rated as the worst signing last season, he was regularly used by Mourinho.
Now, the manager appears to be intent on being reunited with his former player. Francis Gallardo says that a potential swap deal could be possible if all parties are ready with that.
“This could be a possibility. Mourinho is a fan of the strong Real Madrid star. He knows Modric will be expensive and would be happy to exchange a pretty good player Chelsea. The player Mourinho wants at Chelsea is Modric and he is willing to include Oscar plus cash in the transaction,” said agent Francis Gallardo while speaking at a Spanish radio station. At just 21 years of age, Oscar is just beginning to start his career in European football. Modric, meanwhile, is an established international player with a lot of experience in European leagues.
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When Jose Mourinho departed Real Madrid during the last summer and the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti was announced it created expectations that Iker Casillas would undoubtedly be placed into the main squad of the team just as he has been doing for the majority of his playing career with the Spanish club.
Unfortunately for the captain of Spain, he has not played a single match, a single minute of this season of La Liga as Carlo Ancelotti has preferred placing Diego Lopez ahead of the World Cup champion.
Iker Casillas has already said that this campaign would be his last one in Real Madrid as the frustration of only being able to play in the Copa del Rey has reached him but the question that remains is where will he be playing in the next season.
Just about any club in the world would be willing to secure the services of the Spanish goalkeeper who still is regarded to be one of the best shot-stoppers in the world. Real Madrid has to face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey finale and it is very likely that it will be the last match that Iker Casillas gets the chance to appear facing off against their eternal rivals Barcelona.
While Iker Casillas will be seeing his way out of the club in the summer, Real Madrid is believed to be interested in signing the Chilean midfielder of Juventus, Arturo Vidal and are prepared to launch an offer to the Italian club when the transfer window re-opens in the summer but they have stiff competition as Manchester United are also keeping close tabs on Vidal.
Philippe Coutinho has been one of the good signings for Liverpool, as the Brazilian has performed well above expectations since his £ 8 million move from Inter Milan. His signing was viewed as a gamble by the club, who had previously failed with big-money moves like Andy Carroll. Coutinho has more than defied expectations by becoming a first-team regular in the Premier league, which is regarded as hard league for the Brazilians because of the physical nature. Coutinho has been able to settle comfortably partly due to the presence of his international counterparts like Lucas.
Brendan Rodgers says that Coutinho has been excellent for Liverpool, but he expects more from the youngster in the coming years. He has compared him with former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, who is currently playing for Real Madrid. The Croatian midfielder did not have the physicality required to play in the English Premier league, but he more than adapted well and proved to be a major reason behind Tottenham’s upward surge in the last few years.
Modric then sealed a £ 35 million move to Madrid and he is starting to become a key player there as well. Rodgers has said that Modric scored 13 goals in his first season at Tottenham and he sees no reason why Coutinho cannot replicate it.
“I look at Coutinho as a Modric type. And when you look at Modric, then over four years at Tottenham he got 13 league goals but his influence was massive. He will naturally get more goals but he is a wonderful player for us. He is a key who opens up many things in a game. There’s no doubt he will want to improve it, but I don’t want to put pressure on to do that. They know what their job is,” said Rodgers.