City must break transfer record for samba star


Manchester City have been told they will have to break the transfer record to sign Brazilian striker Hulk.


Roberto Mancini is desperate to find a replacement for misfit Carlos Tevez and see the Porto forward as the perfect signing, according to the Metro.


Tevez looks certain to depart the Etihad Stadium in January, with AC Milan thought to be his likely destination.


Manchester City will have limited options up front, should the Argentinian outcast depart, and Mancini is though to be looking for a direct replacement.


Hulk’s agent was speaking with the Sunday Express when he stated that the Citizens would have to surpass the £80million paid by Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo if they want to sign the Brazilian.


Teodoro Fonseca said that Porto have resisted a number of offers for the 25-year-old.


With his club rejecting any move, any suitors for Hulk would only be able to capture him by triggering a buyout clause in his contract.


This buyout clause is said to be worth a whopping £88million, which means Manchester City are the only club who could realistically afford him.


“Five clubs have offered £40million and Porto didn't accept it,” said Fonseca.


“Only if someone meets the £88million buyout clause – if it happened, it couldn't be blocked.”

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