Chelsea target Hulk ‘prepared’ to leave Porto for ‘big club’
The Blues have been linked with the highly-rated Brazilian for two years and it was thought they would sign him last summer after the appointment of his former Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas.
While the move did not materialise, Chelsea have maintained their interest and are expected to make a renewed approach at the end of the season.
And they will take great encouragement from Hulk’s agent, Teodoro Foncesca, who believes now is the time for the 25-year-old to make a move to one of Europe’s big clubs.
“I have no doubts [he will leave in the summer],” Fonseca told Portuguese radio station Antena 1. “After four seasons at Porto, this is the moment to sell the footballer.
“Today he is the player with the most offers in all of Europe and I think this is the moment to study the situation calmly. The kid is calm but prepared for the move to a big foreign club.
“Porto have valued Hulk at €100 million but I believe this will not be a problem. For any club, Hulk provides goals, pleasure and titles, and those are priceless.”
It is clear Foncesca is doing what agents do best by promoting and advertising his client to gain maximum interest, although various media reports have claimed there is interest from Paris St Germain and Tottenham as well as Chelsea.
Hulk recently admitted that while he is happy in Portugal, he would be interested in a move to a new club should an offer be made.
“No one has contacted me, also because I do not get involved in such situations,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
“I am fine in Portugal and I am still motivated. Every year, a lot is speculated about my exit but I have four years left on my contract.
“I do not obsess over a possible exit. If I have to leave Porto I would do it happily.”
Chelsea are reportedly favourites for his signature and are expected to make Hulk a primary transfer target, particularly with Didier Drogba’s future hanging in the balance.
The talismanic striker is locked in talks over a new deal, but his demands for a two-year contract are not being met and he will be heading out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the season if an agreement is not reached.