Porto striker Hulk would be open to a move to the Premier League and Chelsea this summer, but the Blues are refusing to meet his club’s valuation.
The Express is reporting that the Portuguese champions want £38million for him, but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is unwilling to pay anything over £30million.
The Stamford Bridge club are desperate for another powerful striker to replace the departing Didier Drogba, according to the report, and Hulk’s agent claims there is interest from the Londoners and that they are ready to talk about a deal.
“We are open to talks with Chelsea at any time, any place,” Teodoro Fonseca said when attending Chelsea’s Champions League final victory on Saturday.
“There is interest, but at the moment there is still nothing concrete. He likes the English Premier League a lot and Chelsea are a good club for Hulk.”
The Brazilian international has prolific for much of his time with Porto and has scored 57 goals in the past two seasons there.
However, Chelsea could face competition from a number of European giants, including AC Milan and their defeated Champions League opponents Bayern Munich, according to the report.
Drogba was instrumental in taking the trophy back to Stamford Bridge and his departure will be a blow to Chelsea, especially if £50million man Fernando Torres continues his indifferent form.