Chelsea interest in Porto’s Brazilian forward Hulk is well documented but now it seems big spending PSG are willing to pay a whopping £43m bid for Hulk’s services.
Chelsea first seemed to be front runners for Hulk’s signature as they seemed certain to wrap up a deal worth the £30m mark but Hulk’s value has only risen after some good performances for his country and Porto have now decided to play hardball over his price tag.
Portuguese media claim the ambitious PSG have been in touch with Hulk’s agent Teodoro Fonseca about developments as they look to sign a big striker after failing in bids for Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Alexandre Pato and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Meanwhile Chelsea are touting other possible signings if a bid for Hulk fails, such as Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina and have only today had a bid for Wigan’s Victor Moses rejected.
Another Portuguese newspaper, Diario Noticias, says the biggest stumbling block to his move to Chelsea is a dispute about who should pay Fonseca for his five per cent stake in Hulk, and Uruguayan club Atletico Rentistas, who own 10 per cent.
If Chelsea miss out on Hulk they may have just dodged a bullet, Hulk is a top player but has never set the world alight and £30-40m is a lot of money for a relatively unproven player, especially when players like Modric could be captured for that price which would solve a greater problem Chelsea have.
If a move to PSG doesn’t suit Hulk and Chelsea can sign him for £30m approx. then a move may well be worth it as he boasts a good record in Portugal scoring 85 goals in 96 appearances. Being only 25-years-old he has time to develop but I feel a £40m+ bid to rival PSG would be a tremendous risk as Chelsea must still watch their finances and not go too ridiculous.
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