Even though he appeared more than willing to transfer to Stamford Bridge just a couple of months ago, Porto striker Hulk has now backed his commitment to his current club and claimed that he has not held any discussions with Chelsea.
It was only a couple of months ago that the Brazilian claimed he would be open to a move to the Blues yet since then, speculation has quietened down. In fact, Hulk has said over recent weeks that he is more than happy to remain in Portugal and is under no pressure to leave.
The 25-year-old told Lancenet, “I have four more years on my contract with Porto, and I’m focusing on the national team. I haven’t talked to anyone. As everyone knows, I don’t follow negotiations closely as that will make me lose my focus. I let my agent deal with that stuff.”
With Chelsea reportedly valuing Hulk significantly lower than Porto, it looks as though the transfer is now unlikely to occur. Even though Hulk has a release clause in his contract worth a staggering €70m, it is understood that Porto would allow him to leave for a smaller price although the Blues are still reluctant to table an offer that would meet that valuation.
Should Hulk fail to sign on the dotted line at Stamford Bridge, it remains to be seen where Roberto Di Matteo will turn his attention to next. Since his appointment, there have been few rumours linking the club with any new players and some Blues supporters are getting slightly irked at this lack of activity. Still, with over a month remaining until the new campaign starts, there is more than enough time to arrange at least a transfer or two. After all, it has to be remembered that many of Chelsea’s high profile signings have occurred on transfer deadline day through recent years.