It’s looking more and more likely by the day that Porto superstar Hulk will soon be plying his trade at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea supporters could be forgiven for feeling a little sceptical.
Sure, the Brazilian has scored goals for fun in Portugal in recent years, and with his muscular physique he appears to have all the right attributes to be a big success in England.
The Blues originally tried to tempt him to London last summer when André Villas-Boas took charge, but were rightly put off by the news they would have to meet his jaw-dropping £86 million buyout clause.
This time around it seems £35m would be enough, but this is still a huge amount of money for a player who is unproven in a major European league and can’t even hold down a place in the Brazil side.
Chelsea have had their fingers burned in the transfer market before.
Andriy Shevchenko was a disaster, and Fernando Torres has a long, long way to go to pay back his astonishing £50m pricetag.
Another expensive marquee striker who fails to live up to the hype would make the Blues a laughing stock and, with Financial Fair Play on the horizon, getting value for money is more important than ever.
So if Roman Abramovich is considering another spending spree, he’d better do his homework and make sure this particular Hulk is truly incredible.
As his Barcelona players walked into their dressing-room in the bowels of the Vicente Calderón, they will have been preparing to receive one last team talk from the departing Pep Guardiola.
Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and company surely would have been telling themselves that at 3-0 against Athletic Bilbao it was job done and the Copa Del Rey was coming home to Catalunya.
They might have expected a nice pat on the back, for the celebrations to start early after they had all but put the wrapping paper on the perfect parting gift for their beloved boss.
But even with just 45 minutes left in charge of Barcelona, Guardiola refused to let his professionalism slip.
Instead of letting everybody relax, Guardiola reminded his players of the 2005 Champions League final when AC Milan lost to Liverpool having led 3-0.
The outgoing Barça boss could have easily phoned his team talk in, especially with his side in such a commanding lead.
But he refused to let his players believe their own hype and made sure they remained professional until the very last second of his tenure, and that no underdog triumph would take place.
The Catalan side went back out for the second half and accordingly put in a thoroughly professional performance to see out the game and secure one last trophy for Guardiola.
In fact, their Copa Del Rey win made it 14 trophies from a possible 19 in Guardiola’s four years at the helm – a remarkable statistic.
It could easily have been 15 had luck not deserted them over two legs against Chelsea in their Champions League semi-final.
No doubt Europe’s greatest prize was the trinket Guardiola wanted to bow out with, and similarly what the players wanted to deliver for their manager.
But having beaten Real Madrid and Valencia on their way to the final before vanquishing a very good Athletic side, there is no justification to rain on Barça’s achievement.
Plus how many managers get to close the book on an astounding spell at their club by winning a trophy in their very last game?
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