Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says Oscar's club future will become clear in the coming days, after the Brazil international revealed he is on the verge of joining Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.
Widespread reports claimed on Tuesday (13 December) that Oscar, 25, is poised to become the latest player from a major European league to move to the lucrative Chinese Super League, already home of former Premier League players Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Graziano Pelle.
Brazilian stars Hulk, Ramires and Alex Teixeira have also made the move east in the last 12 months with Oscar now seemingly poised to join his countrymen for an eye-watering £60m (€71.8m). Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas currently coaches Shanghai SIPG and is reportedly keen to be united with the Brazil star.
"It's 90% right," Oscar told SporTV of those rumours regarding a big-money move to East Asia. "It just depends on some bureaucratic details."
Oscar, who joined Chelsea from Internacional in 2012, has played a peripheral role since Conte's decision to move to a hugely successful 3-4-3 formation.
Conte insists he still counts on the 25-year-old, but remained coy over whether the midfielder has a future at Stamford Bridge beyond January.
Speaking after the 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Wednesday, Conte said: "The situation with Oscar, I think it will be clearer in the next days.
"Oscar started the season very well with us when we played with a 4-3-3 and he played very well. Then when I switched to another system, another formation, he didn't play a lot. But I always counted on him because Oscar is a really good player.
"He is young but sometimes there are situations that are very difficult to face. But I repeat, in the next days, the situation will be clearer than now."
Last January, Chelsea cashed in on another of their Brazilian midfielders, selling Ramires to Jiangsu Suning for £25m.