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Da Costa: Hulk has a price

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Porto chief Pinto da Costa insists that the Portuguese club's stance over the summer sale of star striker Hulk has not changed, amid reported interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

Sky Sports reports how the Brazilian international has been consistently linked with a move away from Estadio do Dragao, but if the player has any chance of leaving, then a club will have to meet his £80million minimum fee release clause.

Chelsea have been credited with strong interest in bringing Hulk to Stamford Bridge, but that stemmed from the link between the South American and former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, who managed the player during his time in charge of Porto.

Having led the club to consecutive Portuguese titles, Hulk's standout performances have attracted attention from a host of top clubs from across Europe, but the talisman is under contract until 2016.

Speaking to Porto TV, Da Costa explained that his lengthy deal means that he is unlikely to leave this summer.

"I say today what I said a year ago, I will do everything to keep Hulk at Porto. I'm not interested in selling him. Hulk has a price and we are not going to negotiate and accept an inferior price to that of his clause, our desire is for him to be in our squad next season," he noted.

Under the interim management of Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea are currently preparing for Saturday's Champions League final showdown against Bayern Munich.

The Blues need to win the game to ensure their entry in Europe's top tier competition next season, after finishing in a disappointing 6th place in the Premier League this year.

The outcome of this weekend will likely play an important part in attracting Hulk, and any other new players to west London during the summer, so there is a lot hinging on the game.

"My future is in the hands of Porto and my agent, now I do not say if I leave or I stay with the club," the 25-year-old from Brazil said.

"At this moment my only desire is to celebrate the league title success, to rest and think of the national team. I am calm as I have signed a deal for another four years anyway."

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