Roberto Di Matteo was hoping to add the powerful Brazilian to his attacking roster ahead of the season but has admitted defeat in his pursuit after failing to agree on a fee with the Portuguese giants.
Real Madrid, Paris St Germain and most recently Zenit St Petersburg have been linked with the 26-year-old in recent weeks but looks set to stay at the
Porto president Pinto da Costa insisted he hasn’t been in contact with Hulk’s agent and repeated his assertion that the player won’t be sold for less than his release clause.
“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,” said da Costa.
“Hulk will only leave if it interests both Porto and the player. But so far nothing happened to make me think we’ll reach that point.
“Therefore, I expect that for this season Hulk will remain a Porto player.”
“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.”