Chelsea transfer target Hulk is ‘expected to stay at Porto’
Porto president Pinto da Costa insists Hulk will not be allowed to leave for less than his release clause of €100m (£78m)
Chelsea transfer target Hulk can leave Porto this summer if his suitors are willing to meet the striker’s reported buyout clause of €100m (£78m), according to the club’s president.
The 26-year-old’s future has been in doubt this summer with the Blues, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid all interested in the Brazil striker.
However, Porto president Pinto da Costa maintained that Hulk will not be allowed to leave the Estádio do Dragao unless the clause is triggered.
“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, however, insisted his client may still leave the Portuguese outfit before the end of the transfer window.
“Hulk has a contract, he likes FC Porto, but at the moment everything has a question mark,” he told Radio Renascenca.
“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.”