Talk of the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge died down whilst the player was on international duty with Brazil at the Olympics in London and speculation quickly ended by the time the competition had ended, as reports suggested the Porto would not budge on their high valuation and expected the 26-year-old to stay in Portugal.
The Blues have long been considered frontrunners for Hulk’s signature despite interest from Paris Saint Germain and has again revealed his desire to leave Porto, he said:
“I have left a door open for being transferred to another league.
“I have preference for playing in the Premier League or the Spanish Liga, because they are the two leagues that are the most seen all over the world.
“I didn’t talk too much with my agent about the chance of being transferred, because I have been on duty with the Brazilian national team at the Olympics.
“This could be the time for me to move. I would feel comfortable with moving clubs and the English league is one that appeals to me.
“I am going to talk about my future from Monday. My future is in the hands of God.”
The fact he didn’t speak to his representatives about his future whilst he was concentrating on his Olympic campaign would go some way to explaining why things when quiet but he’s being fairly open about his desires now, could he be on his way to trying to force a move or will he be this summer’s Luka Modric?
He also states his preference for playing in England and despite there being links with himself and Andre Villas-Boas, I don’t see him moving to Tottenham and don’t think Manchester City are in need of him. Chelsea is the only likely destination for him as well as being the most suitable, surely.
The Brazilian didn’t have the best of Olympic campaigns, but he’s been great for Porto and his strength, pace and thunderous shot would make him a worthy addition to any Premier League club. We could also do with a player to start on the right wing as although Ramires can go a job there, it isn’t his primary position. Hulk would also provide backup to Fernando Torres in the centre-forward position which is vital for depth as we only have the Spaniard and Daniel Sturridge to play there.