Inter Milan are set to kick off a transfer war with city rivals AC Milan after reports they are talking to Porto striker Hulk.
AC Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani stated this week the club’s interest in signing the Brazilian, but Porto seemingly slammed the door on any transfer, after a run-in between the clubs recently over a previous transfer collapsing with another player.
Porto chief Pinto Da Costa has rubbished the speculation. “Hulk to Milan must be a joke,” he stated. “They previously wanted Aly Cissokho [in 2009]and they could not do it. They got that story about his teeth as an excuse, when in fact Cissokho has better teeth than I do. It is ridiculous. We’ve not had any offers for any players at the moment, but whoever wants to sign them will have to meet their release clauses. Hulk’s is set at €100m and I won’t let him go even if someone offered me €99m. You either pay that figure or nothing.”
Porto would be willing to talk to Inter, and the Italian outfit’s director Piero Ausilio was spotted in the stands during the Europa League Semi Final clash between Porto and Villareal.
Hulk has helped guide Porto to the Europa League Final this season, where they will face fellow Portuguese side Braga. He is being chased by a number of top clubs in Europe, with a price tag of €40 million being quoted.
The Brazilian is expected to move on from Porto at the end of this season, with clubs in England and Italy keen on his services. But with the price tag set over €40 million, his chances of playing in Serie A would be unlikely with the English Premier League a more likely destination.