Chelsea midfielder Oscar has urged Jose Mourinho to sign his Brazil teammate Felipe Anderson and believes the 21-year-old will be a great acquisition for the club.
Oscar, whose future at Stamford Bridge is in the balance after he failed to complete 90 minutes in the first XI since the turn of the year, believes that the player is destined for greatness, having played with him in the U20 level.
Manchester United are also reported to be interested in the player, which should make for a good transfer battle in the summer if Chelsea get involved in the race. Barcelona have recently pulled out of the race for the attacking midfielder, allowing the Premier League clubs to have a clear shot at the player.
Anderson has already scored 11 goals this season for Lazio but is yet to make a single appearance for the national team, which may pose a problem in acquiring a work permit for the player, as Arsenal realised in the process of signing Gabriel Paulista from Villareal in January.
"He could really be useful here. We've played together at U20 level for Brazil and he was amazing. He can become even better and great players are always welcome at Chelsea," Oscar said.
Meanwhile, Oscar himself has revealed in an interview that he wants to extend his stay with Chelsea in spite of having fallen out of favour with Mourinho. The midfielder was recently linked with a move out of the club, with the former Real Madrid manager preferring to deploy Cesc Fabregas in the number 10 role ahead of the Brazilian.
"I'm very happy here. I get along with everyone, and the club shows its praise towards me. Chelsea is one of the best clubs in the world, so I don't see why I would think of leaving," he said.
"I'm very happy with Chelsea's season so far and happy with my own performance as well, but I do think I could have contributed more to the team. There are different tactics depending on the opponents we face, and we respect the manager's choices. Sometimes I've ended up not playing the entire match, but I'm doing my best to fulfil my role. I'm happy with my performances," he added.