Last week The Daily Mail ran a story saying that Internacional forward Oscar had signed for Chelsea. They said the Brazilian had already put pen to paper on a deal worth £25m to the Brazilian club, claiming the Champions League winners had pipped former manager Andre Villas Boas to 'clinching the signature' of the wonder-kid.
We said at the time it was premature and that no fee had been agreed or even offered and that the club certainly hadn't already signed the player. On the day the story came out Globoesporte in Brazil published their own article where they'd actually spoken to Oscar.
Oscar is with the Brazil Olympic squad and was returning to his hotel room when he was asked by journalists if was staying with Internacional this summer, he replied "I am".
Yesterday evening in Brazil Internacional confirmed to the country's leading football newspaper, Lance!, that they had received contact from the London club regarding Oscar.
President Giovanni Luigi said he'd received an email from the Champions League winners but said that negotiations hadn't started for the player and whilst the club would obviously be happy to keep him in Brazil, Luigi didn't rule out the possibility of a sale.
Internacional own 50% of the player, a situation not out of the ordinary in Brazil and it shouldn't make any move for him too difficult. The real issue Chelsea would have to get over is the price, his club will drag the situation out into the Olympics if they think it will help them start a bidding war.
There was no mention of any interest from Tottenham Hotspur.