Chelsea set for America Pre-Season tour

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Jul 16th, 2012
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To be Frank: Lampard was all smiles on Sunday as the midfielder prepares for his 11th season with Chelsea

It was back to business for Chelsea’s stars on Sunday as the European champions began preparations for their tour of America with a training session in Seattle.

The Blues, who kick-start their four-match tour with a friendly against Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, are likely to be bolstered by the news that Brazil ace Oscar is closing in on a move to Stamford Bridge.

The west London club are on the brink of completing a deal for the 20-year-old Internacional midfielder after launching a mega bid for his services.

According to the Brazilian club, Chelsea are prepared to break the bank for a player who is touted as one of world football’s hottest properties.

‘I want the transfer of Oscar to be the biggest transfer deal ever in Brazilian football,’ Internacional chief Giovanni Luigi told Radio Gaucha. ‘And the Chelsea offer isn’t that far from that.’

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will bankroll a £25million transfer for a player who shot to prominence last summer when he became the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA Under 20 World Cup final against Portugal.

The Brazilian – full name Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior – was also watched by Real Madrid and Barcelona, with Tottenham among his pursuers.

Chelsea face Seattle on Wednesday before games against Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.

Roberto Di Matteo’s side will also take on an MLS All-star team which will include former Barclays Premier League stars David Beckham and Thierry Henry.Daily Mail

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