Arsenal have been priced as favourites to sign Brazil international Hulk before the summer transfer window slams shut on September 2. The Gunners are believed to be ahead of AS Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the race for the 27-year-old, while the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City are rated as outsiders to secure the powerful striker’s signature.
Hulk currently plies his trade with Zenit Saint Petersburg, having spent the past two seasons with the Russian Premier League outfit after arriving from FC Porto, where he won a host of major honours including the Europa League under Andre Villas-Boas.
SkyBet odds - Arsenal favourites
According to SkyBet’s current market, Arsenal are currently the 4/1 favourites to sign Hulk, with AS Monaco just behind at 5/1. Chelsea, who have been linked with the Brazilian on numerous occasions over the past few years, are currently at 8/1.
A move to Barcelona is currently priced at 12/1, while anyone expecting shock transfer to Manchester United can get up to 16/1. The odds are even longer on a move to Manchester City, which is priced at a rather generous 20/1.
Hulk divides opinion
Few players in world football divide opinion quite like Hulk. The much-maligned forward is often criticised for his alleged tendency to go missing in the big matches - much like Zlatan Ibrahimovic used to be - but he clearly possesses a wide range of useful attributes, hence why he is currently on international duty with World Cup hosts Brazil.
In his most prolific season, with Porto under Villas-Boas, Hulk scored a remarkable 36 goals and provided 21 assists in 53 appearances. For Zenit last season, he netted 21 goals and set up 13 more in 34 games - statistics which suggest he would be effective in the Premier League if snapped up by one of the big clubs this summer.
Do Arsenal need Hulk?
Whether Arsenal actually need Hulk, who was recently linked with a £40 million move to Chelsea or Tottenham, is another matter entirely. The Gunners already have several excellent players who are best deployed in wide-attacking areas, including the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski. Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, can also be used on the flanks.
But perhaps Arsene Wenger would consider the possibility of using Hulk as a back-up striker for Olivier Giroud. It’s no secret that the Gunners’ boss is on the lookout for a new centre forward to ease the burden on the France international, but Hulk would be regarded as an expensive gamble by supporters.
What does Hulk offer?
Contrary to popular belief, Hulk was not nicknamed after the comic book character because of his brute strength - it was his likeness to an actor who played the role of the comic hero - but despite that, he is amongst the strongest forwards in European football.
Defenders bounce off the stocky striker, who also boasts one of the best left feet on the planet. Inside or outside the box, Hulk is deadly when he shifts the ball onto that sledgehammer-esque left foot of his. He is versatile too: capable of playing as a centre-forward or on either flank.
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