Monday, 27 February 2012

Hulk targeted by Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas


Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has hinted that Porto striker Hulk could be one of his top summer transfer targets.
The Brazilian, 25, who has a £84m release clause, helped Porto win four trophies for Villas-Boas last term.
The Blues may need to bolster their attack with Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou out of contract in the summer.
"I see room for an explosive player on the wing, someone who is strong in one-on-one situations and Hulk fits that profile," said Villas-Boas.
"We have Kalou and Florent Malouda, both of whom are nearing the end of their contracts, while Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge are the future.
"As such, there will surely be a place to fill."
Under-fire Villas-Boas has also admitted for the first time that he does wonder if he will be sacked by Blues owner Roman Abramovich in the same way as four of his six predecessors, Claudio Ranieri, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and even Carlo Ancelotti.
Ancelotti won a Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season at Stamford Bridge before being sacked last May after a trophyless second campaign.
The Italian was replaced by Villas-Boas, who cost Chelsea £13.3m in compensation for his services.
Villas-Boas has endured a difficult start to his Blues reign after admitting that some of his players do not back his "project".
The 34-year-old has previously insisted that he retains the full support of Russian billionaire Abramovich.
But he told Portugal's TSF radio station: "We are now in the exact same moment as last year. It is an exact copy.
"I think I have felt the confidence from Abramovich. But the pattern of behaviour of the owner has led to a downfall in similar situations or even 'better' situations.
"What will be the reaction? It will be one of the two.
"A continuation of the project and full support or just the cultural pattern that has happened before. We don't know."

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