Porto star Hulk has chosen to play down the chances of his expected departure from the club following intense media attention over the last few weeks.
The Brazilian forward has refuted claims that he is trying to push through a deal and move to Chelsea this summer. The highly rated 25 year old has been strongly linked with a move away from the Estadio do Dragao this summer with Chelsea and PSG playing tug of war to land the player. But the club has rejected reports that a deal has been agreed already after the news of a possible agreement with the European champions Chelsea flooded the internet.
Hulk maintains that he is dedicated to Porto’s cause and would continue to give his best no matter where he ends up after August.
“I’m not obsessed to leave Porto,” he told Brazilian daily Globo Esporte. “I like the Portuguese fans a lot and I have always done the right thing regarding that club.
“Now if the negotiations advance and some European club reach an agreement with Porto, I’ll leave.
“But we still have time to discuss this. The transfer window only closes in August.”
Asked what club he will be at by the end of August, Hulk added: “I honestly don’t know about my future. I only know that other clubs besides those two (Chelsea and PSG) are interested in signing me.”
Borussia Dortmund face a tough task holding on to their Polish full back as Chelsea set their sights on Lukasz Piszczek as Jose Bosingwa’s replacement.
New Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo has made the signing of a right back the topmost priority this summer after having acquired the services of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin. With Jose Bosingwa’s release and Branislav Ivanovic’s insistence on being employed more centrally next season, Chelsea are in desperate need of a right back. Paolo Ferreira is also likely to be shown the door and the Italian manager who led the Londoners to European triumph last season is looking at Piszczek as the best replacement.
Chelsea were reportedly keen on Ajax defender Gregory Van der Wiel but the high asking price for the 22 year old have seen the Blues cool off their interest. While the highly rated Dortmund defender won’t come for cheap, the 27 year old at the peak of his form could provide the Bundesliga champions a good deal.
Chelsea have also been linked to French defender Mathieu Debuchy but it seems that the officials at the Stamford Bridge are zeroed in on the Dortmund star.
Spanish club Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will spend another season on loan after reaching an agreement with the Blues.
Courtois was sent on loan to Atletico last season and very soon established himself as the undisputed numero uno between the sticks. Following David De Gea’s departure to Manchester United last summer, the reigning Europa champions needed a goalkeeper and this 20 year old shot stopper proved to be a fine replacement.
Chelsea would persist with the likes of Ross Turnbull and Henrique Hilario as the backups for Petr Cech. The club wants young Courtois, who joined them from Racing Genk in the beginning of last season, to continue his growth at the Vicente Calderon.
‘Thibaut Courtois will next season play at Atletico Madrid after Atletico on Wednesday reached an agreement with Chelsea on transfer for a year,’ a statement on Atletico’s official website read.
‘The Belgian international goalkeeper played all of last season on loan playing in in 37 games in La Liga and 15 in the UEFA Europa League – a competition won in Bucharest on May 9.’
Paris Saint Germain are set to rival Premier League champions Manchester City for the signature of want away Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie this summer.
Robin Van Persie enters the final year of his contract and is yet to pen a new deal with the Gunners. Arsenal had offered him a new contract worth £130k per week which he refused before leaving for the Euros. Although Arsene Wenger remains adamant about Van Persie’s commitment towards the club, many believe that the Dutchman could seek a move in search of trophies elsewhere.
PSG, owned by Qatar Investment Authority, have the money to splurge this summer and have been linked to a host of top players already. Carlo Ancelotti is a strong admirer of the Arsenal captain having watched him closely during his managerial stint with Chelsea. The Ligue 1 side are ready to break the bank to beat off competition from City and Serie A giants Juventus to get one of the most dreaded strikers around the world presently.
The North Londoners would be forced to sell him this summer if Van Persie refuses to sign an extension or risk losing him for nothing next year. The officials at the Emirates would demand a fee close to £30m which PSG are willing to match. However, it remains unclear if the 28 year old striker be interested in a move to an inferior European league.
Manchester City could provide an attractive escape route with the English champions willing to pay him in excess of £200k a week, though the player’s father has ruled out such a move completely. City are willing to trim their expenses this summer with expected departures of Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Premier League’s top clubs have been called to action by Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon after expressing his strong desire to play in such a ‘strong’ league.
The 22 year old Venezuelan has now spent two years in Malaga in 2010 and has since finished the club’s top scorer in both seasons. The player’s agent had revealed that the player has been watched by the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. The European champions were intensely linked to the striker as it was believed that new coach Roberto Di Matteo wanted the young star as the replacement to Didier Drogba at the Stamford Bridge.
The player has welcomed interest from top clubs and has rushed to make himself available to the top clubs. Speaking to a Venezuelan newspaper El Elspectador he said, “I have a contract with Malaga for the next two years, and if anyone wants me at his club in England, Germany or whatever, we will have to talk to the club.”
“I’m attracted to the Premier League, the league is pretty interesting. But not only the English, the German league too. The truth is that they have strong football.”
Rondon is one of the most sought after young strikers in the European continent at the moment after his consistent performances for the La Liga side to help them to Champions League qualification earned him many admirers.