• Premier League

Hulk: This may be the time to move to England

ESPN staff
August 12, 2012
Hulk could grace the Premier League next season © PA Photos

FC Porto striker Hulk has revealed he is ready to quit the Portuguese club this summer and move to England, with Chelsea rumoured to be keen on signing him.

Hulk, 26, has been linked with a move for some time and Real Madrid, Paris St Germain and most recently Zenit St Petersburg are all said to be interested along with the West London club.

However the Brazilian has now given them hope that he may leave Porto this summer after scoring a consolation goal for his country in the Olympic final defeat to Mexico.

"This could be the time for me to move," he said. "I would feel comfortable with moving clubs and the English league is one that appeals to me."

However, earlier Porto president Pinto da Costa insisted he has not spoken to Hulk's agent about the striker's future, reiterating he will not be allowed to leave for less than his €100 million release clause.

"I didn't meet Hulk's agent. Hulk is a player with a buyout fee and if any club want him, they just need to pay that, they don't need to come here," said da Costa.

"Hulk will only leave if it interests both Porto and the player. But so far nothing happened to make me think we'll reach that point. Therefore, I expect that for this season Hulk will remain a Porto player."

Hulk's agent Teodoro Fonseca told Radio Renascenca that you can never rule out a move.

"Hulk has a contract, he likes FC Porto, but at the moment everything has a question mark," he said. "We sometimes want a player to stay, but the conditions aren't the best.

"Sometimes clubs have to give up a right, a player, or a person to keep their structure. People come and go, but the clubs stay. Everything is possible in the world of football."

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