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Striker reveals “everything was already there” to sign for Chelsea

Óscar Cardozo at Benfica

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Former Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo has revealed he was close to joining Chelsea from the Portuguese club. The Paraguayan striker became a big success at the Portuguese giants, spending seven years with the club after arriving in a £10.5m deal from Newell’s in 2007.

He went on to score 172 goals in 293 games for the club, a record that makes him the top foreign goalscorer in their history. Things may have been very different for him, though, with the 37-year-old confirming his last offer came from Chelsea.

“I would have liked to play in the Premier,” he told Futgol 970, relayed by Fox Sports Argentina. “I always tell my lady, that if I went to the Premier League I would tire of scoring goals.

“Due to a back injury I could not go to Chelsea, they were the last club that was interested in me from the Premier teams. And with Manchester, Arsenal, Newcastle they were interested but the presidents did not reach an agreement.”

Source: Sportswitness