Reports confirm that Brazilian winger and Chelsea target, Hulk, has signed for Ligue 2 champions AS Monaco for a fee of £52m, according to the Metro.
Hulk had been finding it difficult to adapt to life in Russia, and after only one short season, he has decided to join the newly mega-rich club, AS Monaco. Hulk featured in 30 matches for Zenit last season, scoring 11 times and assisting eight.
He had attracted the attention of Chelsea & Tottenham, but he has snubbed interest from the Premier League, and will be plying his trade in Ligue 1 next season, hoping to fire Monaco to the top of the table. With the likes of Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez, Jeremy Toulalan and Radamel Falcao, Monaco will no doubt be a huge threat next season in France.
The fee of £52m is a huge one to payback, but with a goal-to-game ratio of slightly better than 1:2, (309 games, 163 goals) he does have the potential to be a very prolific signing for Claudio Ranieri. Although his goal tally speaks for itself, he does have a tendency to be very 'left-footed' and therefore can struggle when forced to use his weaker foot. On top of this, his aggressive temperament can often lead him to pick up unnecessary bookings.
Here we have seen the Premier League lose out on yet another big name to go alongside the likes of David Villa, Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao, who have all been linked with England in the past.
Are we failing to attract the biggest names? Or is it a simple fact of which clubs act the fastest? As Villa stated about Atletico Madrid and the Premier League: "The Premier League clubs lacked Atletico Madrid's 'personal touch'". Clearly stating this was his reason for staying in Spain.
Do English clubs need to start doing more when it comes to bringing in Europe's elite players? Have your say below.
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