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Arsenal Close In On Impressive £21m Striker Hulk: Right Player, Wrong Price?

Wenger amongst the bidders looking to sign Benfica hit man.

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Sports News - October 01, 2008

Manchester United are set to rival Arsenal for the signature of Porto striker Hulk.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to strengthen his attacking options and more physical presence to his forward line as United target a fourth successive Premier League title.

Despite the 23-year-old having a release clause in his contract for no less than 100m euros it is thought that a realistic offer in the region of £20 million would be enough to secure the Brazilian’s services.

“The big clubs in England have been in contact,” said the player’s agent Teodoro Fonseca.

“They have asked for details about his contract situation but any decision about his future rests mainly with the directors of Porto.

“I am calm about the situation and so is the player because he has an excellent future. I think we could be discussing a move in April or May.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also thought to be interested in signing Hulk, whose real name is Givanildo Vieira de Souza, with key striker Robin van Persie set to miss most of the season. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)

I like the look of Hulk and when I have seen him in action he has appeared to be the type of hustle and bustle forward who could do a good job in the Premier League. With the Emirates looking for a potential striking addition to the Gunners squad a move for the Porto man could be a wise one, however it appears Manchester United are also taking an interest in the Brazilian.

The 23 year old has impressed since his move from Japan to Portugal to such an extent that he has managed to get himself into the national team picture and could be an dark horse’s bet for a place in the Brazil squad at the summer’s World Cup.

Given that Arsenal are the top scorers in the Premier League there could be a good argument that Wenger doesn’t necessarily need to sign a striker but some may feel that an over dependence on goals from the midfield could backfire and Wenger has repeatedly made noises about making a January signing, could Hulk be that right buy, yes he could but not at that price.

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