Arsenal legend: Why Chelsea shouldn’t sell Oscar next month
Martin Keown believes Oscar will have a part to play in Chelsea's Premier League title bid
Martin Keown has warned Chelsea against selling Oscar in the January transfer window amid interest from the China Super League.
The Brazil international has emerged as a target for Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG ahead of the imminent transfer window.
BBC Sport have reported that Oscar is “90 per cent” certain to complete a lucrative move to Asia next month.
The South American has struggled to secure regular first-team football under Antonio Conte this season.
Oscar has made nine Premier League appearances under the Italian coach since Conte took over the reins in the summer.
Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Oscar has a role to play in the Premier League title race.
“I think his departure would weaken Chelsea’s cause — and you question the ambition of the player,” 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 £52million, 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.”
Oscar moved to the west London side from Internacional for £25m in 2012.
The South American was part of Chelsea’s squad that won the Premier League in 2014-15.
Chelsea finished in tenth place in the Premier League last season after a disappointing defence of their top-flight crown.