Chelsea transfer target: Hulk

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GiveMeFootball continue to put the microscope on some of the top transfer targets in January, and today we focus on Brazilian hitman Hulk.

The 25-year-old was first linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer, and was tipped to follow his former manager Andre Villas-Boas over to England.

Whilst the move never materialised, the player's name is never far from Chelsea when the club are mentioned in the transfer market - so is he worth the hype?


Up-front is Hulk's favoured position, although his versatility means he can play as a winger and could fit into Villas-Boas' preferred 4-3-3 formation in a couple of positions in.

His relationship with the Blues boss is also well publicised, and Hulk's agent admitted the striker would happily work for the 34-year-old if a fee could be agreed.

"Hulk would wholeheartedly agree to work with Andre at Porto or Chelsea, or at any other team, because he really likes the way he coaches," Theodoro Fonseca said last week.

Form is not an issue for the player either, with 23 goals in 26 Primeira Liga games for the champions last season, and a healthy return of 7 goals in 12 matches in the current campaign also.

Yet to have an opportunity to shine outside of Portugal in Europe, players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani both proved that a move to England isn't necessarily beyond a player from the division.

Hulk has also shown a goalscoring pedigree in European competition at the Estádio do Dragão, scoring goals in both the Champions League and UEFA Cup when given the opportunity.


The price-tag is the only place to start, and after last season's success he signed a new contract that includes a €100 million (£84 million) release clause. Whether Vítor Pereira can be persuaded to negotiate remains a potentially decisive factor.

Hulk's temper (no pun intended) is also a source of possible concern, with the player missing several months of action at the end of 2009 and start of 2010 for hitting a steward after the 1-0 defeat in Benfica.

Like most top-class strikers, Hulk would also be ineligible for the Champions League this season after featuring for Porto in their failed attempt to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.


The fact that Villas-Boas brought the best out of Hulk in Porto makes a mega-money move seem possible - but even Roman Abramovich would baulk at the £84 million price-tag.

Were the Blues able to negotiate a 'discount', then a move seems more than possible and clearly appeals to both parties. Negotiations will be needed in the first month of 2012.

It's a no-go for now, but expect Chelsea to chance their arm in what would be a great move for both parties.

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