In today’s news, we read about Hulk’s possible exit from Zenit St.Petersburg while Massimo Moratti has admitted that Cassano could leave the Inter Milan. Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund are still in the hunt for Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne.
Hulk Agent Sparks Exit Possibilities
In the long list of strikers vied by clubs of Russian oligarchs and Middle-Eastern princes is Zenit St.Petersburg striker, Hulk. The Brazilian’s possible exit from the Russian Premier League has gained some eyeballs after his agent recently declared that the striker’s future might lie elsewhere come start of the next season.
Hulk is currently on international duty in Brazil for the Confederations Cup but seeing the increasing competition to sign the top brass in the transfer market, it could well be that this strategic move from his agent could spark a bidding war.
“We can’t announce anything at the moment, the player is focusing on the Confederations Cup and nothing will be made official during this period.”
“France is a possibility, but there are others. Everything is possible.”
-Jose Caldeira (one of Hulk’s representatives)
THT Verdict: Having purchased him for nearly £50 million from Porto, Zenit are definitely not going to let Hulk go on the cheap. Although Chelsea have been linked with a £35 million offer, it is still probably not going to be enough to prize him away from Zenit. This consequently reduces the striker’s chances of stepping up the ladder in his career because by the looks of it, there aren’t many clubs out there wooed with Hulk’s talent and who have the financial muscle to fund a transfer more than £50 million. Monaco have just purchased Falcao for a hefty sum so unless they decide to go a little berzerk, we think Hulk’s going to have to enjoy the Russian weather a little while longer.
Inter President Admits Cassano Could Leave
Massimo Moratti has come out in the open and admitted that Cassano could be part of a player swap deal that would bring Parma’s Ishak Belfodil to the San Siro.
New boss Walter Mazzarri has been given Moratti’s backing to strengthen the team and it looks like the former AC Milan striker could be one of the big names to exit the club first. Inter Milan are also looking at Sampdoria forward Mauro Icardi as another possible target, although reports suggest Belfodil is the man they are after.
“I don’t know if we’re good enough to win the league but we’ll certainly strengthen the team. Belfodil and Icardi are both great players already.”
“We’ll see whether Cassano leaves.”
– Moratti on Cassano, Belfodil and Icardi
THT Verdict: It is very likely that Cassano will see the exit this season. The striker has been in dismal form ever since switching jerseys to the blue and black and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the arrival of a new manager will dampen any chances of a return to form while being a Inter Milan player.
With just seven goals in 28 appearances, Cassano is no longer a player who could play a pivotal role in elevating Inter from a ninth-place finish. But the player might still have a couple of years left in him so we could see other bids coming in for the former Madrid man.
Dortmund Won’t Give Up on De Bruyne
Last season’s Champions League runners-up Dortmund remain determined to continue the pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne despite Jose Mourinho recently stating that the Belgian international has a future at the club alongside his fellow countryman Romelu Lukaku.
Dortmund have also been linked with Christian Eriksen in the recent past but it seems like Jurgen Klopp fancies the Chelsea midfielder over the Dane.
THT Verdict: This transfer could drag for a bit, but it will most likely be futile for Dortmund to take part in this pursuit. De Bruyne hasn’t played a game in the Chelsea outfit ever since he moved to the London club in 2012 and considering the exodus from Chelsea hasn’t begun yet, Mourinho’s words will win the upper hand in this competition.
However, we all know how transfers work in this industry and knowing that Gotze’ departure will leave a big hole in the Dortmund’s defense, there is a good chance we will see an equal-headed tug between these two clubs this summer.