FC Porto striker Hulk is fast becoming a major target for a number of clubs this winter transfer season with the likes of PSG, Anzhi and Chelsea reported to have joined the race to acquire his signature.
Having scored 36 times in all competitions last year with a further 21 assists to his name, Hulk is currently one of the top strikers in the game at the moment. It is no wonder then that Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala moved to sign him from Porto for a reported £80 million but were turned down.
Hulk who is only 25, has however maintained that he will not force himself out of Porto but rather will leave the club in a dignified manner. Speaking to reporters, Hulk’s agent said that a move this January does not look likely as Hulk still likes the club and the city.
“I do not think he wants to leave Porto. He is satisfied; he likes the club and the city.”
“It is true that he would never accept an offer from Atletico Madrid. Hulk is not motivated by money, but by sporting ambition, love and affection. And he acknowledges all Porto have done for him. He wants a team which fights for titles, which plays in the Champions League and has a great project,” Teodoro Fonseca was quoted as saying.
With a buyout clause of £82 million, Hulk could very well stay on as a Porto player until the summer or until his deal runs out in 2016 (which is very unlikely)
Hulk’s transfer saga is a bit complicated because Porto have an 85% stake in his sporting rights meaning the get to decide to a large extent which club, or sponsorship deals Hulk gets to sign for.
Though relatively young, Hulk could go on to become one of the best strikers in the game with. His club record is very impressive having scored 43 goals in 82 appearances for Porto since joining in 2008.
Now here is one striker who does not come with all the extra baggage usually associated with many of his colleagues. Now should he join a big club like Chelsea, there is no telling what could become of him.
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