Date: 12th August 2012 at 7:34am
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Now the tune is different; How times change!!!

Following the final game of the Olympics football tournament where Porto`s Hulk featured prominently scoring the Selecao`s only goal, some interesting comments credited to the 3 main actors in the ongoing soap opera starring the resident superhero of Porto were of particular interest to me. The actors of course are the Brown hulk himself (those of you Marvel comic fans will appreciate the play on colors as there are already green and red hulks on the books), his agent and the inimitable president of Porto; Pinto Da Costa.

Now prior to all this early in the transfer window soon after we got Eden Hazard rumors were rife that Hulk had been secured with a reported agreed fee of ~ 38m pounds. At this time Hulk himself was reportedly even exchanging tweets with some Chelsea fans and this seemed like a fait accompli till the issue of a 3rd party clause of reportedly ~ 8m pounds came up and Chelsea was reportedly told we needed to pay this in addition. More irksome, it quickly became apparent that this 3rd party fee was to be paid to some nameless Uruguayan team that Hulk never actually played for raising serious questions that this additional fee may well be a well constructed front to further line the pockets of Hulk and his verbose agent. With this development our interest cooled of to frigid ice and with this Pinto came out to deny that there was ever any agreement or even an offer?only the good Lord knows when this guy ever tells the truth. Be that what it is several observers of the drama then noted that if in fact the stumbling block was the 3rd party fee then Hulk should have taken the initiative to either offer to reduce his proposed Chelsea wages or offer some other sort of cost sharing with his prospective new employees as a show of good faith and actual interest in making this move ala what Fabregas did to ensure his move from the Gunners to Barca. No such thing happened, in fact Hulk was noteably silent on the issue and his only comments were to reiterate his position as captain of the Porto Dragons and the fact that he was entirely happy to remain there for the full duration of his contract.

Now fast forward to immediately after final of the Olympics football tournament and this is what Hulk is now reportedly saying;

‘This could be the time for me to move,’ ‘I would feel comfortable with moving clubs and the English league is one that appeals to me.’ times change!!! I wonder what has made the incredible one change his tune?

Pinta Da Costa on the other hand doing his best impersonation of Daniel Levy continues to insist that Hulk is going no where unless and until the full amount of his ludricous buy out clause; 100million euros (£78m) is fully paid (let us not even mention the remaining ~ 6m 3rd party fee ). His exact reported words;

‘I didn’t meet Hulk’s agent. Hulk is a player with a buyout fee and if any club want him, they just need to pay that, they don’t need to come here,’

As for Hulks talkative agent Teodoro Fonseca he reportedly had this to say;

‘We sometimes want a player to stay, but the conditions aren’t the best. Sometimes clubs have to give up a right, a player, or a person to keep their structure. People come and go, but the clubs stay. Everything is possible in the world of football.’

A lot of words with no clarity as to exactly what he is saying..not be tacky but this kind of verbosity reminds me so much of ol AVB.

Anyway note that all this change of tune from the 3 actors in this saga/melodrama (depending on how you look at it) only began after two things..the completion of the Olympics tournament and the reported/alleged 40m bid tabled by Zenit St Petersburg. The truth is that despite Hulks agents protestations and claims to the contrary there has been no evidence of any single credible offer from any team throughout this transfer window other than us and maybe Zenit.

So why the change of tone from Hulk and his agent you may ask? We may never know the full details but here is my theory.. With the Selecao losing out in the Olympics Hulk sees that there will be major changes to the Selecao set up..Meneses may get the boot..even if he does not he will have to make major changes to this present set up as he now starts to prep for the 2014 world cup..his only competitive tourney before then will be the Confederations cup..if Meneses survives till then he knows if he does not win that he will get the boot. With the pressure for change, virtually every one on this present team who is not called Neymar and possibly Oscar and Damiao are at risk.

For every Brazilian international being on the Selecao national team at the world cup is the zenith of their national be able to do that in Brazil itself is a once in a life time opportunity. Hulk has now come to the realization that he has less than 2 yrs to ensure his place on that squad and it has now occurred to him that with major change coming to the Selecao his staying at Porto may not place him in the best position to secure a place in that squad. He also knows that moving from Porto to Zenit is at best a lateral move and can more likely be seen as step down..that wont help his chances will likely actually diminish them. Previously with Mano Meneses comfortable in his position and the Selecao deemed virtual guarantees for the Olympic gold medal and so making history Hulk must have felt totally secure that his place on the squad was virtually iron clad and so his primary motivation then was money. Now his priorities have it is a battle to ensure he is on the Selecao squad come 2014 and now it has suddenly dawned on him and his agent that moving to Chelsea or some other “big” club in a big European league is his best shot. Problem is that really there are no takers remotely interested in him at the price Da Costa continues to dream about and insist on.

With this remarkable change in dynamics I fully expect a modric esque twist to this whole drama. Don`t be at all surprised to see this same Hulk who was previously so “happy” at Porto now begin to say more to the media about wanting a would not surprise me if this even got to the level of handing in a transfer request..this whole thing may become modric version 2.0. The one thing I hope is that we stay well clear of this drama having hopefully learnt our lessons from the melodrama called modric version 1.0.

How do I think it will end? I think Daniel Levy and Pinto Da Costa are very similar personalities..they love the power that controlling their players lives gives them. They also absolutely hate to lose in financial duels?They are not pragmatists ..for them everything is win or lose..nothing in between and for them losing is absolutely not an option. It must be their way or the highway. They strike me as men that would rather fall on their swords then be seen to lose a financial duel even if it makes little to no business sense in the long term so I fully expect both Luka Modric and Hulk to remain at their present clubs at the end of August 31. Both men (Luka and Hulk) will be forced to pay the full price of not being wiser in picking agents who would negotiate sensible contracts that would allow their clients a reasonable chance of professional growth and opportunity to move up the ladder as far as where they could play. Both men signed senseless contracts seeing only the here and now at the time of signing and they are the time they escape those contracts their best playing years and football peaks would have long passed..young players should study these two cases closely and learn from their mistakes.


15 Replies to “The “Hulk” saga continues”

  • I haven’t been following this saga with as much detail as you have GabeU, but from what I have read – I don’t think there has been ANY official bids for Hulk from anyone yet. A few days ago I read that his agent stated there has been a lot of rumors and interests, but no OFFICIAL bids. I think this is actually the key to Hulk’s change of tune. He thought ALL of Europe would be going after him during this transfer window. He kept his composure, and thought that after the Olympic win, he could command a high price again. But given the reality of things now, and without any official offer, he sees himself wasting at Porto. I don’t know if Porto’s Da Costa is in with this whole act or not. But Hulk and his agent may be realizing that they have been called on their bluff. I don’t even know if the Zenit’s bid was real – for all I know it could have been a fabrication from Hulk’s agent in order to put some pressure on us. Just let Hulk stay at Porto, the same way that Modric stayed at Spurs. We can get someone else who actually wants to be a Chelsea player, and not entirely to scam our coffins.

  • @dtm, don’t let the hulk worshippers hear that, they believe he is even worth the total £78m, I have said it from day one that he is good at best average, he is not brilliant, you only break the bank for brilliant players, the front line of hulk,torres and hazard would definitely be productive, but jeez that fee quoted is so absurd, we shouldn’t be mugged!…I think the highest we should pay for him is £25m…if not we can as well make do with what we have in our team

  • As a Chelsea fan I can understand your frustrations.

    Hulk did hint a while back that he wanted a Chelsea move, in an interview to O Jogo.

    Atletico Rentistas do have a bad reputation.

    Would a reduced wage offer from Hulk be enough to secure his transfer?

    If you recall, Oscar had made a similar statement, where he said he will remain at Internacional. A week later, he signs for Chelsea.

    Levy may not have a need to sell. But Costa may have to. Portuguese sources had reported a few weeks about impending financial troubles at Porto.

    The latest statements of Fonseca and Costa suggest they are having a disagreement.

    Fonseca says a club must be ready to loose a player and Costa repeats the release clause line.

    If Hulk and Modric hadn’t signed contract extensions, they wouldn’t have received better wages. A professional sports player’s career always carries a high risk. One injury would be enough to end their careers. Can we blame them for looking out for their future and family ?

  • He is a victim of modern slavery just like Luka…stuck indeed! If he needs emancipation and freedom,he shld go iron things out with his club’s hierarchy ,or throw in the transfer request so that they can get realistic,25m at max. Nice analysis GabeU.

  • 1.Aren’t we close to signing Moses???Hasn’t Chelsea moved on or are we still waiting for Hulk as the olympics have just finished.We definitely wont sign both Moses and Hulk and the signing of Moses mean the end of Hulk.
    2.Will Ramires be in the starting 11??Oscar will play as a CM rather than as a #10 as evident by the olympics wherein he played as a CM/RM.Based on last season’s performance Ramires deserves a starting place in our line-up and whether it is as a CM/RW is upto RDM.
    3. Seriously 40mil+ for a player who will have maximum of 4 fruitfull seasons before he wants to leave to Brazil….
    4.Levy has learnt his trade from Pinto and He will never sell hulk for less than 35mil even if the world will end the next day…and chelsea will never bid more than 30mil as we do equally good targets available with Moses @8mil or Oscar/Rami as a RAM.

  • I was almost tempted to write something insulting about another hulkbarticle before I decided to read firdtnand now inam glad I did. Very insightful and refreshing gabe u. This is what this site is all about. Educating and sharing of knowledge. I believe we will still make a last minute bid for him a la modric style but far less than the megalomaniac porto president is asking. The Olympic was supposed to be hulk,s selling move. If he had had a superb tournament with boatloads of goals, then it is a given that the likes of rm and man city Would be intrested and jerk up his price, however with a noticeable sub par performance, culminated in his benching, their hands are tied and with hulk stating he wants to move to an English club, themost logical place would either be mancity or us. Man u don’t need him and I doubt mancini does, his coming to chelsea and playingwith the Brazilian contingent we have will guarantee him a place intheteam for the world cup. I think we hold the aces here just like modric a season ago.the only deffierence being that our board is wiser and I am sure that we will make a final take it or leave it bid on deadline day of around 30m. I will be happy to have him in the team for around 25-30m. But will not be sad if we don’t get him

  • i dont care how much he costs i just dont think he is very good he is basically a one trick pony who can cut inside with a powerful shot. moses is probably already a better player with the potential to get a lot better let us just go with him.

  • This isn’t over yet, I don’t think he’ll still be at Porto come sept 1. It’s a case of who blinks first. Both hulk and Schrulle are grossly overpriced, but we shouldn’t get drawn into it. I myself would prefer hulk over cavani and Torres showed why today, however that said if we could get some kind of aguero tevez like partnership going with Torres and cavani then fantastic. I think hulk is the better fit he solves a problem on rw and cf.

  • Hulk saga is just like Modric saga…Hulk is not for chelsea…chelsea have moved on and so we fans should move on with that in this website…after olympics, no clubs will be offering even 25m for hulk…not a priority one for chelsea as he cant play in double pivot…

  • for 35Mil Cavani, I’d rate Hulk (same price) over him any day. Reason: we need a starting RW who has pace, can dribble while running and crosses effectively and those are Hulk’s best attributes.

  • Cavani coming would make Sturridge either RW (and we’ll call him selfish again) or negate him to 3rd striker, he’d only play 30% max of our games so it wouldn’t benefit us keeping him (with 60K+ salary) or he staying (he’d want more football)

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