Brazil star Oscar admits Tottenham interest – but don’t expect to see him at White Hart Lane anytime soon.
ONE of the immediate names to have been linked with Tottenham Hotspur since the arrival of André Villas-Boas has been Brazilian midfielder Oscar.
Expected to play a prominent role for the Seleção in the Olympic Games later this month, the Internacional starlet revealed to the Brazilian press this week that Spurs have been in contact with his agent: “There was an enquiry, [Spurs] talked with my agent – this is normal. I do not know if he had an official proposal, it must be confirmed to the president [of Internacional].”
“I don’t think it matters, I am focused on Inter and getting a gold medal with the Seleção. Then, I do not know what can happen. The most important thing is to continue here at Inter and play without showing any pressure from the Seleção. There will always be some offer for anyone who is knew and playing well, which is the case with me and Damião, we should be concerned with Inter and the Seleção,” Oscar affirmed.
The attacking midfielder is undoubtedly one of the most exciting players in Brazil right now – whilst Santos’ Ganso and to a lesser extend São Paulo’s Lucas may be more familiar names, away from the hype of the São Paulo-biased media scrutiny, Oscar has stuck to doing his talking on the pitch. Generally one to shun the media spot-light, an uneasy situation for the 20-year-old was created earlier this year, when a well-publicised spat between Internacional and former club São Paulo over a contractual dispute was dragged through the courts.
On the field, despite his personal form, Oscar plays in an expensively assembled Inter side which very much has a point to prove.
Unceremoniously dumped out of the Copa Libertadores – a competition which the club have a proud reputation – in the first stage of the knock-out rounds by Fluminense, Internacional have only the Brasileirão left to meet the expectations of their 100,000 plus monthly paying sócio members.
With the 2012 Brazilian championship still in it’s infancy, it is difficult to see why the Inter would look to destabilise themselves by cashing in on one of their key assets – even given the formal relations between the North London club and their Porto Alegre counterparts. August’s international FIFA transfer window coincides a third of the way through the Brasileirão thus leaving any possible deal until the preceding January window – just a few weeks after the championship and Internacional’s season has ended.
It would be implausible to believe that clubs and agents in any professional league in the world are not in continual dialogue with each other, and Oscar’s latest admission only merits this.
A future in European football definitely awaits but not even an Olympic Gold summer will bring the possibility of Oscar joining Spurs any closer to fruition.