Manchester City Enter Race For £35m Chelsea Target Hulk

Mega-bucks duo to battle it out for Brazilian.

Manchester City are preparing to challenge Chelsea for the signature of Brazilian striker Hulk, it has emerged.

The west London club have been tracking the Porto forward for some time but are yet to agree a deal for the 26-year-old, with City now ready to pounce.

The Premier League Champions want to sign Arsenal’s Robin van Persie but boss Roberto Mancini is growing increasingly concerned that the Dutchman favours either a move to either Juventus or Manchester United.

Mancini has told the club’s hierarchy that if they miss out on van Persie, he wants Hulk to lead the line next season.

It is understood that Porto will demand in excess of £40 million for the forward, who has a buy-out clause believed to be in the region of £80 million.

Hulk is currently in the UK with the Brazilian Olympic squad and any deal is unlikely to be completed until the conclusion of the Games.

Mancini is determined to land a new striker this summer after becoming concerned about the efficiency of Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli. Hulk has scored 52 goals in 96 appearances for Porto in the Primiera Liga.

City, meanwhile, must ship out Tottenham target Emmanuel Adebayor before they can bring in a new face but are struggling to shift the Togo forward, who is demanding a £4 million pay-off to leave Eastlands.

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