You can’t win them all, they say. One out of two is not bad though. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will be able to console himself over the failure to land Lucas Moura with the success in capturing Hulk.
25-year old Brazilian striker/winger Hulk has said “If the time has come to move on, I’ll do so with a good feeling. I have enjoyed a great time here. I am sure that they will understand the motives behind my decision, if I leave.” He will leave Porto with a sackful of medals and individual honours including a Portuguese player of the year award and three league titles.
Talksport reports that Chelsea is the destination for the player and the fee is likely to be around £32 million. It is thought that a similar amount of money was not enough to bring 19-year old attacking midfielder Lucas Moura to Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian youngster is going to stay with Sao Paulo in Brazil until after the World cup in Brazil in 2014.
Brazilian media outlet Globoesporte spoke to Moura’s agent and he told them: “He has asked to stay. He doesn’t think about European football for now. Firstly he wants to make a career for himself in Brazil, and then leave having been appreciated here.”
It may be that the youngster has been influenced by the decision to stay in Brazil by international team mate Neymar. It may be that the club were demanding too much money for an untested player, or they may think that his value will rocket after the World cup.
On the whole, though, another good day’s business for Chelsea.