Chelsea hopes of landing Hulk could be scuppered by 43m PSG bid
09:04 GMT, 19 June 2012
Chelsea have been warned that Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to pay almost 43million for Hulk.
The European champions have struggled
to agree a fee with Porto for the Brazil striker after initially
registering interest around the 30m mark.
Target: Brazil's Hulk (left)
Hulk is keen to move to Stamford Bridge, but his price tag has shifted only upwards after a good run of games on international duty this summer.
Chelsea are looking at other options – such as Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic – in case they cannot agree a deal and claims of PSG's interest may be seen as trying to force Roman Abramovich to up his bid.
Portuguese media claim the ambitious French side have been in touch with Hulk's agent Teodoro Fonseca about developments as they look to sign a big striker.
PSG have so far failed in bids to sign Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Alexandre Pato and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Newspaper A Bola claims Tottenham will be contenders to sign Hulk if Andre Villas-Boas is appointed the new boss at White Hart Lane, though the price tag appears to be prohibitive.
Meanwhile, another Portuguese newspaper, Diario Noticias, says the biggest stumbling block to his move to Chelsea is a dispute about who should pay Fonseca for his five per cent stake in Hulk, and Uruguayan club Atletico Rentistas, who own 10 per cent.