£84m striker deals Chelsea transfer blow

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Hulk has dealt a potential transfer blow to suitors Chelsea by admitting he'd love to play in Spain.

The FC Porto striker has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the past, with former manager Andre Villas-Boas confessing an interest in bringing the player to the English capital after they worked together at the Estadio do Dragao.

However, AVB's exit over the weekend is likely to change the Blues' stand point over a possible move, with a new manager likely to bring new ideas when they arrive in the summer.

It could be irrelevant however, with the Brazilian striker - who has an £84 million release clause in his contract - admitting life in La Liga would definitely suit, providing Barcelona or Real Madrid made their move.

He told Portuguese newspaper A Bola: "I have a lot of affection for Porto but who would not want to play for Barcelona with the quality they have?

"Barcelona or Real Madrid, I think I would say yes to playing for these teams."

Chelsea started life without their old manager well last night, beating Birmingham 2-0 to progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Roberto Di Matteo has taken the reigns following Villas-Boas’ departure on Sunday, and will be hoping to change Chelsea’s fortunes around in the Premier League when they face Stoke.

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