Manchester City want to bring Porto star to Eastlands.
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Manchester City are ready to offer £20million for Porto’s Hulk – to ease the burden on Carlos Tevez.
Hulk, real name Givanildo Vieira de Souza, caught City boss Roberto Mancini’s eye with 16 goals in as many games to help Porto to a commanding 10-point lead in the Portuguese league.
Although Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko was top of Mancini’s shopping list, City were put off by the £50m fee demanded by the Germans for their star hitman.
That has seen Mancini switch his attention to Hulk, who has two Brazil caps, and who earned his nickname for his supposed resemblance to actor Lou Ferrigno, who played the Incredible Hulk in the TV series.
Mancini has lost faith in Emmanuel Adebayor, who is desperate to leave City for Juventus, while Brazilian forward Jo is not considered good enough and Roque Santa Cruz has been told he can find a new club.
City sources have indicated there will not be any major transfer activity in January, but a striker is a priority for Mancini, following his admission that they are reliant on Tevez for goals.
And Hulk’s agent, Teodoro Fonseca, is known to be keen on securing a move to the Premier League for his client. (Daily Mirror)
Hulk has certainly proven himself to be a capable player over the last few years, but this season he has been quite magnificent.
He has scored a mightily impressive 16 goals in 16 official appearances for his club so far, and it is thanks to this form that Man City’s interest is piqued.
Carlos Tevez has scored almost half of the team’s goals this season, and the need for support is clear.
Jo and Santa Cruz are not up to the standard of a title challenging side, while Adebayor has not demonstrated the attitude needed to maintain a place in the starting XI.
Hulk though, is a determined character, and would fit in well either when Tevez is rested or on his own up front.
While £20m might secure Hulk’s signature for any other team, Manchester City can expect to have to pay an inflated fee due to teams wanting a slice of their riches.
In Hulk though, they might get a player worth the cost.
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