• Midfielder underwent medical on Tuesday evening
• Brazil playmaker to join club after Olympics
Chelsea are expected to conclude their protracted pursuit of the Brazil midfielder Oscar after the Internacional player underwent a medical at the club on Tuesday. The European champions had an initial bid of £20m turned down by the Porto Alegre club but a fee of £25m is understood to have been accepted in principle with personal terms still to be discussed.
Oscar, who has been capped six times at senior level, flew into London on Tuesday with the Brazil team to prepare for the Olympic Games but travelled straight from Heathrow to New Malden in south-west London where Chelsea had arranged for his medical to take place.
The attacking midfielder, who revels in a free No10 playmaker role, had been a target for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur but Chelsea have won the chase and he will join his compatriots Ramires and David Luiz at Stamford Bridge after a short holiday at the conclusion of the Olympic football tournament. Oscar joined Internacional from São Paulo in 2009 after reneging on his contract over a dispute about unpaid wages.
The 20-year-old piqued the interest of the leading European clubs during last year's Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Colombia. He scored a hat-trick in the final, including the extra-time winner in Brazil's 3-2 defeat of Portugal.
Only two days ago, when he joined up with the Olympic squad in Rio de Janeiro, Oscar told supporters of Internacional that he had decided to stay at the club but later on Monday Giovanni Luigi, the team's president, said that he was willing to sell if Chelsea increased their offer to meet his valuation.
Chelsea supporters should get their first glimpse of their latest signing on Friday when Oscar lines up with the Brazil team against Stuart Pearce's Great Britain side in a warm-up match at The Riverside. Read More
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