Jamie Carragher has labelled Chelsea star Oscar’s imminent transfer move to the Chinese Super League as ‘embarrassing’.
Oscar recently confirmed that a £52million move to Shanghai SIPG was ‘90 per cent completed’, while Chelsea’s Willian revealed the Brazilian has said goodbye to his team-mates ahead of the January switch.
It is believed Oscar, 25, will become the third highest-paid player in the world in China on a reported £400,000-a-week.
But Liverpool legend Carragher has questioned Oscar’s reasons for leaving Stamford Bridge, saying it is a ‘sad day’ for football when a player leaves for financial reasons alone.
The 38-year-old pundit told the Daily Mail: ‘Oscar is a Brazil international. He has been capped 48 times by his country and his natural ability has made him a key part of Chelsea’s team for the last four years.
‘During that time, he has won three major club honours and was also named in the World Cup team of 2014.
‘In 2017, he could have been instrumental in helping Chelsea pursue the Premier League title. Instead, he will be in China where he will become the third highest-paid footballer in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a reported £400,000 per week. After tax.
‘It is a sad day for football when a player about to enter his prime moves for financial reasons and nothing else. The money is astronomical, but it’s not as if he is on a pittance at Chelsea.’
Carragher, who made over 500 league appearances for Liverpool, added: ‘This is not a move to further his career. He will talk about the league growing in China, the chance to work with Andre Villas-Boas and the excitement about a new adventure – but we all know those words will be nonsense.
‘He has gone for the size of the contract. Nothing else. Players used to look for a pay day in their mid-thirties when their career was coming to an end. We all understood that.
‘It is embarrassing that a player would give up his career and the chance to compete for the biggest prizes in the game just for money.’