Chelsea

For Sale Portuguese Striker: £24M Release & Mental Wages [ONO]

He has been flaunted as one of the hottest prospects in Europe, but it’s suggested he’s Nelson Oliveira set for a move to the Premier League.

Both Chelsea and Manchester City have been rumoured to trigger the Benfica striker’s £24 million buyout clause in his contract next summer.

His most likely destination would be Stamford Bridge, with striking options thin on the ground after the sale of Didier Drogba in the summer and uncertainty surrounding Daniel Sturridge’s future at the club.

Oliveira, a tall pacey striker, is probably more suited to Chelsea’s style of play than that of Manchester City, and is likely to get more opportunities in the first team at Stamford Bridge than he would at the Etihad.

Additionally City would need to shift deadwood strikers such as Roque Santa Cruz and Edin Dzeko to make room for Oliveira, which due to the players’ astronomical wages, is something that they have struggled to do this summer.

However, Oliveira, who is currently on loan at Deportivo La Courna, may have other Premier League suitors.

The Portuguese international could possibly be a target for Andre Villas-Boas at Spurs, as his fellow countryman looks to strengthen his front-line beyond Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Yet Spurs may be more wary than the mega rich Chelsea and City when it comes to activating Oliveira’s £24m release clause and probably would realistically only be willing to pay around £18m for his services.

However much will depend on how Oliveira performs this season at Deportivo.  Should he have a successful season with plenty of goals to his name then Spurs may be willing to break their transfer record for the striker.

To Top