July 26, 2012

Chelsea complete signing of Brazil midfielder Oscar from Internacional

Brazilian midfielder Oscar is part of Chelsea's attacking overhaul. Photograph: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea have completed the signing of the Brazil midfielder Oscar from Internacional for fee thought to be £25m.

The 21-year-old has been linked with the European champions for some time and he has previously said that joining Chelsea would be a "dream".

Oscar, who is part of the Brazil squad that will compete at the Olympic Games, had already undergone a medical with the west London club.

Chelsea have embarked on an overhaul of their attacking options, having already paid £32m to Lille for Eden Hazard and £7m to Werder Bremen for Marko Marin. The Brazilian, who played in the 2-0 warm-up win over Team GB on Friday, started his career at Sao Paulo before joining Internacional in 2010.

Frank Lampard, who has been at Chelsea since 2001, believes the squad will benefit from the extra competition for places.

"We proved to be a great team and a great unit in the second half of last season," he said. "This year maybe we are slightly different because we have more new young players coming in.

"There might not be the settled togetherness that we had on the pitch at that side because we had been together a long time. But there is an excitement about our team as well and that's probably the main difference.

"Everyone is trying to impress, and you never lose that in pre-season, there's not one manager I've met yet who will close the door on any player.

"We have to perform at a high level to stay in the team because of the quality of the squad we have."

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