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Chelsea transfer focus - Blues' pursuit of Hulk twists and turns

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By Bryan Waters

Friday 13 July 2012

Following the loss of Didier Drogba to Shanghai Shenhua on a free transfer at the end of last season, Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is keen to bring a new centre-forward to rival Fernando Torres and potentially Daniel Sturridge for the central striker role. One of these targets has long been Porto and Brazil striker Hulk, but that dream has been crushed by the 25-year-old himself.

Hulk will be in London this summer for the Olympic Games, being named as one of the three over age players permitted in the Brazil squad. Many had predicted that the Brazilian would enter negotiations with Chelsea executives whilst in the English capital and quotes from Hulk himself seemed to suggest that a deal could have been done.

Last month, the Porto striker said: “Chelsea are the current European champions and would please any player and I’m no exception. I’d be happy if the transfer happened. I leave everything in the hands of Porto. I am under contract and I have been happy at Porto for four years, where I have achieved everything,the Daily Mail reported.

Hulk continued by saying that he would have the club in his heart no matter what happened this summer, or any other summer, but his mind seems to have changed, judging by his latest set of quotes. Hulk has insisted there have been no talks with anyone at Chelsea and even if there was, he would not have been involved because his agent takes control.

The Daily Mail quoted Hulk as saying: “I have done nothing with Chelsea or any other club. I have four more years on my contract with Porto and I’m focusing on the national team. I haven’t talked to anyone. As everyone knows, I don’t follow negotiations closely as that will make me lose my focus. I let my agent deal with that stuff.

Hulk’s stance was supported last month by Porto president Pinto da Costa, who has claimed the club have received no offers for their prized possession. The former Tokyo Verdy forward is under contract at the Estadio do Dragao until 2014 and da Costa seems intent on keeping it that way.

Speaking to Portuguese radio station Antena 1 and quoted by the Daily Mirror, the president said: “At this point, there have not been any offers made to Porto, or anyone related to Porto, with regard to Hulk. That is the truth, despite what the papers say about Chelsea or PSG. Those stories are simply rumours. If you believe what they say, Hulk has already left us.

Di Matteo could be worried about finding a replacement for Drogba, but Hulk may necessarily not be the best option. At Porto, he is deployed wide on the right and Chelsea have an abundance of wingers to choose from. Di Matteo would look to play the Brazilian as a central striker and may be better suited to changing his options, such as Atletico Madrid’s Colombian Radamel Falcao, who, according to the Daily Mail has also been linked with the Champions League winners.

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By Celestine nkeonu on 21 July 2012 at 20:02

Hulk is ok for me i all need cavani from napoli chelsea needs does type of player to achive leaque title thanks

By Celestine nkeonu on 21 July 2012 at 20:01

Hulk is ok for me i all need cavani from napoli chelsea needs does type of player to achive leaque title thanks

By madu on 15 July 2012 at 10:55

With all d wingers chelsea possess, dey dnt need d likes of hulk, wt dey shld do is get caavani or falcao. More prefarably cavani cos he's younger nd taller, den exchange sturridge with theo walcott who is not selfish. Nd has EPL experience, dnt 4get chelsea also needs a right bbck in d mold of vander weil jst incase of injuries....

By Oden ibor on 15 July 2012 at 09:17

Di matteo we chelsea fans need hulk to replace the great drogba

By Trokon on 15 July 2012 at 07:35

Let The Blues hurry up and get Hulk, his Brazillian counterpart and Schurle from Germany. We need reliable players as European Champions.

By leon on 15 July 2012 at 04:47

I like the way hulk plays which is more or less the same way sturridge plays but when it comes to a central foreward i prefer a player like Falcao or cavani. They have what it takes. We dont require a striker who cant defend we need one who leads the team,a striker who rushes back after loosing the ball. Try watching our match against Napoli you will c the difference btwn Cavani & Hulk,plus watch a match of Athletico to c what Falcao has to offer.

By Henry May on 14 July 2012 at 11:45

I prefer Falcao 2 Hulk. I Falcao will be a great replacement 4 d great Drogba

By Tolulope oludare on 14 July 2012 at 11:21

I want chelsea to sign hulk.

By Emmanuel on 14 July 2012 at 07:13

I wil lyk chelsea to sign falcao is a gr8t player we need upfront

By Mogamat on 13 July 2012 at 17:15


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By Sunday oluwaseyi on 13 July 2012 at 13:23

Up chelsea, hulk is better than falcao

By oyebade ibrahim on 13 July 2012 at 12:56

we definitely need someone like hulk at chelsea, pls di mateo we chelsea fans we be glad if you can do this 4 us to bust the attacking role, sturridge is selfish.

By john dempsey ex chelsea player. on 13 July 2012 at 12:44

chelsea dont need hulk.They should sign FALCO who is abetter player.With him you have the complete player. HE willbe great for chelsea .Without DROGBAtheyneed someone who will cause problems which FALCO will do

By cfcs82 on 13 July 2012 at 11:33

Hulk is being bought precisely for the right wing position. He is not being bought to compete with Torres for the striker position, but he can play there when Torres needs a rest or gets injured. Chelsea will effectively be killing two birds with one stone if they get Hulk.

By Ajayi caleb on 13 July 2012 at 11:32

Hulk come to replace Drogba

By dubai on 13 July 2012 at 11:19

plesea Di Matteo should go for hime now bcs we nead hulk is strong guy like dd pls Di Matteo get us hulk this summer pls we fans beg u for that ok

By Theophilus Nii Teiko Hammond on 13 July 2012 at 11:04

Hulk come to chelsea.chelsea need your help 2012 -2013 season.

By Theophilus Nii Teiko Hammond on 13 July 2012 at 10:58

Hulk come to chelsea.





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