Hulk could fetch incredible sum

Hulk, who has been linked with a January switch to Arsenal, has

blossomed into one of the most formidable forwards in European

football since joining Porto in 2008. Porto moved to secure his

long-term future over the summer by awarding him a new five-year

contract, while there is also a release clause in place of

100million euros (£87m). The Portuguese club have no intention

of letting him go for anything less but, despite the massive price

tag, Hulk’s representative Teodoro Fonseca says there is still a

lot of interest. Speculation has suggested that the Gunners are

plotting a bid of around £23million, which Fonseca insists

would be instantly dismissed. Fonseca admits the most recent

Arsenal link is news to him, but claims the Gunners have previously

been in touch about signing Hulk. He told Portuguese newspaper A

Bola: “Every year there are more clubs interested in Hulk and I am

also aware that there are clubs from outside the Premier League

interested. “This Arsenal rumour is news to me but it is true that

there has been contact before but nothing happened. “But I speak

often with Porto and the figures have not changed. He will only be

sold if someone pays the £100m so this figure of £23m

that has appeared would not be considered.”