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Monday 11 December 2017

Hulk prefers Chelsea transfer over PSG

PORTO'S Brazilian striker Hulk, who is almost certain to leave the Portuguese club this summer, has expressed his desire to sign for Chelsea.

The Premier League club has been linked with a move for the striker since last season, when former manager Andre Villas-Boas tried to make Hulk follow him from Porto to Stamford Bridge.

But French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain made contact with Hulk's agent earlier this year suggesting they were willing to pay up to £43million, over £13m more than Chelsea had opened the bidding at.

But now the 25-year-old striker has revealed he would prefer a move to England than France.

"Chelsea are the current European champions and would please any player and I'm no exception. I'd be happy if the transfer happened.

"I leave everything in the hands of Porto. I am under contract and I have been happy at Porto for four years, where I have achieved everything."

Hulk, whose contract with Porto expires in 2014, added: "I'll have the club in my heart no matter what happens this summer or in any other summer."

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sees Hulk as an ideal replacement for Didier Drogba who left the club at the end of the season. Yesterday, Didier Drogba confirmed his £220,000 per week move to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

Last week, Portuguese newspaper A Bola claimed Tottenham will also be in contention to sign the player if Villas-Boas is appointed the new manager at White Hart Lane.

A big stumbling block to his move to Chelsea, however, is the reported confusion over who should pay his agent for his five per cent stake in Hulk, and Uruguayan club Atletico Rentistas, who own 10 per cent.

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