Tuesday, 28th February, 2012
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that he could move for FC Porto striker Hulk in the summer, with question marks over the continued presence of Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou at Stamford Bridge.
Villas-Boas is enduring far from an easy time during his first season at the Chelsea helm, but already the former FC Porto boss is starting to make plans for his summer shopping, with a determination that the Blues should challenge for next season’s Premier League title.
And a big money move for prolific Brazilian striker Hulk would fire the imagination, although exactly how much such a swoop might cost is unclear, with the player having a release clause of €100M.
"We have Kalou and Malouda, who are both coming to the end of their contracts, and Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge are the future", Villas-Boas told Portuguese radio station TSF.
"As such there will be a place to fill and I see room for an explosive player on the wing, someone who is strong in one on one situations and Hulk fits that description."
For Villas-Boas to be handed a transfer kitty for the summer however, he is likely to have to secure Champions League football next season for Chelsea, something which is far from certain given Arsenal and Liverpool are battling toe-to-toe with the Blues.
Fifth placed Chelsea are next in action away to West Brom on 3rd March.