Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has hinted he could make a move for Porto trio Hulk, Alvaro Pereira, and Joao Moutinho. All whom he worked with during his successful spell as Porto manager in which he won a treble of the Portuguese League, Cup, and Europa League.
AVB commented during a press conference this week, he feels there is room for an explosive winger at Stamford Bridge and said he needs someone “who is strong in one-on-one situations, and Hulk fits the bill”.
He hinted that players will be heading for the exit door during the summer which will make way for the arrival of the Porto trio.
“We have Kalou and Malouda who are nearing the end of their contracts, while Mata and Sturridge are the future”.
Following this comment it seems certain both Kalou and Malouda will be leaving this summer while AVB will look to strengthen and re-shape the Chelsea squad.
Although AVB and the three Porto stars have a good relationship these deals are not straight forward as Chelsea’s previous deal with Porto involving Alvaro Pereira proved futile as it was claimed Porto president Jorge da Costa was still smarting over AVB’s decision to quit Porto for Chelsea.
Hulk’s has a release clause of £85 million in his current Porto contract which will surely be a stumbling block if Porto stick to this valuation. Surely even Abramovich will draw the line at paying the more for Hulk than Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.
When AVB was pressed about deals involving Pereira and Moutinho he stated:
Any deal involving these three players could set Chelsea back £130 million if Porto want to play hard ball and stick to their valuations. Are these players worth it? Only time will tell, but surely the fact AVB got the best out of them before has to be considered a positive.
Any transfer deals are of course based on whether AVB has a job come the summer. When asked about his future he had this to say.
“The pattern of behaviour of the owner has lead to a (manager’s) downfall in similar situations or even ‘better’ situations. What will be the reaction? It will be one of the two, a continuation of the project and full support or just the cultural pattern that has happened before. We Don’t know”.
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