FC Porto striker Hulk is back on the Manchester United radar with additional interest coming from Barclays Premier League rivals City.
Reports in the Portuguese media suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson is planning a summer swoop for the highly rated 24-year-old Brazilian international.
Daily newspaper O Jogo say that having scouted the Hulk extensively over the past few months, Red Devils scouts have fed back favourable reports that will prompt a move to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens in June.
Ferguson is in the market for a new striker as he looks to splash the cash promised to him by Manchester United’s owners, and has previously gone on record saying that he admires the physical attributes of the Porto forward.
Givanildo Vieira de Souza, or ‘Hulk’ as he is more commonly known is nicknamed so because of his incredible strength and stocky build as well as the powerful shot in his armoury.
Having scored 19 goals in 20 league appearances, the Hulk is currently having his best season to date as Porto run away with the domestic title.
They also find themselves in the last-16 of the Europa League, going into tomorrow’s second leg against CSKA Moscow with a 1-0 lead.
Victory could match the Hulk against his other potential suitors Manchester City who themselves are looking to turn around a 2-0 first leg defeat against Dinamo Kiev if Roberto Mancini’s side are to have any chance of progressing in the competition.
Sport.co.uk reports that the Eastlands club have also declared an interest in signing Hulk, with Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour set to put his hand in his pocket again to fund yet more summer signings in a bid to build a legacy to rival the red half of Manchester.
That ambition could gain momentum with the capture of the much-coveted South American star from under the noses of their Carrington based rivals.
Hulk has previously revealed his desire to one day play in one of Europe’s top leagues, and he may well be afforded that opportunity with Manchester United and Manchester City vying for his signature.