Spurs also in for Brazilian.
Porto are reportedly expecting Tottenham Hotspur to challenge Chelsea for their in-demand forward Hulk.
The Brazil international is expected to leave the Estádio do Dragão this summer, and it is believed the Blues are leading the race to sign the 25-year-old.
However according Record, Porto are confident Spurs will battle it out with Chelsea for Hulk’s signature if André Villas-Boas becomes the new manager at White Hart Lane.
Hulk was part of AVB’s Porto side that won the quadruple in the 2010-11 campaign, and the 34-year-old trainer admitted that he wanted to bring the player to Stamford Bridge when he was in charge of the west London club last season.
Hmmm, we suspect Portuguese newspaper Record may well be dreaming. Although Hulk was indeed part of AVB’s quadruple-winning Porto side, it seems incredibly unlikely that the 34-year-old would be able to lure him to White Hart Lane, should he succeed Harry Redknapp.
Scarred by Chelsea’s sixth place finish, Blues owner Roman Abramovich appears to be on a summer spending rampage. Eden Hazard and Mirko Marin have already joined and reports suggest that Wigan’s Victor Moses is also on the west Londoners’ radar.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is notoriously thrifty by comparison and the last players Tottenham signed were free-transfers Ryan Nelsen and Louis Saha. There is simply no way the north Londoners, who suffer due to their comparatively small stadium, could match the kind of transfer fee and wages Chelsea would be willing to spend on Hulk.
This is more than likely an elaborate media stunt by Porto to push up the price of their star asset.