DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17: Hulk of FC Porto smiles during a FC Porto training session ahead of their UEFA Europa League Final against SC Braga at The Dublin Arena on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Another update to the almost-complete Hulk deal! The Guardian are reporting that an agreement with Porto has been reached, for £38M. They report that personal terms have yet to be agreed, but with the reports that Hulk was very keen to sign with the Blues floating around I can't imagine that those will take a long time to wrap up. In terms of reliability I'd give this rumour fairly high credence - we already knew the teams were very close, the fee is entirely plausible and it's coming from a reasonably trustworthy source.
Don't expect the astronomical figures that have been floating around - £145,000 per week is a ludicrous figure from a player coming from the Primeria Liga, more than £100,000 than was paid to Raul Meireles, David Luiz or Ramires upon their arrival in England, and although Hulk should get more than the aforementioned trio, I can't imagine it will be that much more.
With Eden Hazard (£32M) set to be announced on Saturday we could end up having a really fun weekend. I mean, it's kind of crazy in terms of cost vs. need, but at some point we've got to sit back and enjoy the fireworks, right?
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