With Porto trying to extort millions from Chelsea for their Brazilian star, Hulk, the Blues may have been put off. Having already had a bid of £20 million for 22-year old Montenegro international Stevan Jovetic turned down by Fiorentina, the same was thought to be true of that deal.
The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea are ready to up their offer to £25 million in order to trigger the buy out clause in Jovetic’s contract. Roberto Di Matteo is well aware of the Fiorentina front man’s abilities and seems determined to acquire his services at Stamford Bridge.
Jovetic missed the whole of the 2010-2011 season after damaging cruciate ligaments in his right knee. He came back with a vengeance last season, scoring 14 goals in 27 league games and earning himself a new contract with Fiorentina that lasts until 2016.
I don’t think he is seen as an alternative to Hulk but as a different option for Chelsea. Di Matteo needs to replace two strikers, Drogba and Kalou, so if Jovetic does sign for Chelsea, it does not mean that Hulk will not be coming to London.
Chelsea might also face competition from Liverpool in their attempt to get Victor Moses from Wigan. Wigan have demanded twice the £4 million that Chelsea offered and Liverpool might be willing to pay it if Spurs intercept their bid to sign Gylffi Sigurdsson.