Hulk fits the bill for Chelsea, admits Andre Villas-Boas
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas admits Porto striker Hulk would fit well into his plans at Stamford Bridge
Andre Villas-Boas has fuelled speculation linking Hulk with a move to Chelsea by declaring that the Porto striker would fit well into the Blues’ set-up.
The Chelsea boss has been linked with a swoop for the 25-year-old Brazilian, who has netted 10 goals for Porto this term, since he took charge at Stamford Bridge last summer.
Now, Villas-Boas has hinted that both Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda, along with Didier Drogba, could be set for Chelsea exits in the summer, before admitting he is a fan of Hulk.
“We have [Salomon] Kalou and [Florent] Malouda, both of whom are nearing the end of their contracts, while Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge are the future,” Villas-Boas told Portuguese radio station TSF.
“As such, there will surely 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 profile.”
Hulk, who worked under Villas-Boas at Porto, is reported to have an £85m release clause in his contract but himself heightened speculation over his future at the turn of the year by suggesting he would be open to a move away from the Estádio Dragao.
“We never know what is going to happen tomorrow,” he was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror in January. “I have four-and-a-half years left on my Porto contract but, as I have always said, if some day something good for me and for the club appears, I think there will not be any problem and a deal will be reached.
“As long as it is amicable and good for everyone, I believe it will be concluded without any problem. If I do not leave, then that is fine.”