Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl has revealed that Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk asked if he could join the Bundesliga giants following last night's 4-2 defeat in the Champions League.

Hulk rattled home a ferocious penalty kick during the last 16 first-leg clash in Russia, but could not stop Zenit slumping to a heavy first-leg defeat that leaves their hopes of progression in tatters.

Kehl held a conversation with the Brazilian international immediately after the tie finished and has revealed that Hulk would love to join Dortmund, but he doesn't believe last year's Champions League runners-up could afford to make the deal happen.

The Dortmund veteran is quoted by as telling reporters: "Hulk asked me if could play in Dortmund from the summer, but I don't know if we could afford him."

Premier League giants Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have both been linked with a move for the 27-year-old in recent seasons, with the rumour mill going into overdrive last month when Hulk was pictured flying into Luton airport with the transfer window still open.

Zenit have held onto their record signing though and are unlikely to consider parting with their prized asset before the Russian transfer window closes later this week, particularly when his valuation could increase further with a strong showing for Brazil at this summer's World Cup.

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