The £40 million striker who makes no sense for Manchester City


Manchester City have been linked with a player who is desperate for a move, but is unlikely to choose them.

Since selling Mario Balotelli, there has been some real outlandish speculation over who Manchester City could bring in as a striker.

There has as even been talk of all three of Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez leaving, across various media and individual reports, which has led to wild talk of targets.

The names linked with City have been Europe's and the world's best; Cristiano Ronaldo, David Villa, and Falcao. Even if they could get one of them it would transform their attack.

The latest name linked is a Brazilian striker who sat on the bench at Wembley last night; Hulk.

Portuguese paper A Bola claims the forward is on their shopping list, after becoming disenfranchised with life in Russia.

Hulk was heavily linked with Chelsea last summer, but the Blues and Porto differed on their valuations, and the only exit route available to him was to Russia with Zenit St Petersburg.

It hasn't been an ideal move for him. Signing along with Axel Witsel of Benfica, the big wages the club were brought in on caused ructions among the existing players at the club, and Zenit failed to get out of their Champions League group.

Then there was the issue of Zenit fans demanding the club have no black players in the side, so him moving on in the summer would be no surprise.

For him to land up at City though, certainly would be.

When the club met Porto in last season's Europa League, a diplomatic row broke out over City fans chanting.

Deciding to take a swipe at the striker's name echoing a certain comic book character, supporters taunted Hulk by chanting 'You're not incredible'. Fine, usual harmless 'banter' and lacking any invective which would cause any controversy, right? Wrong.

Porto threatened to launch a complaint to UEFA, accusing City fans of 'unsporting behaviour'. In the second leg, which City won 4-0, the striker received similar treatment, and due to his apparent sense of humour failure - the Etihad would certainly be a strange place for him to hole up.

They say 'any port in a storm' - and Hulk may decide City are the lesser of two evils, but for £40 million, fans of the Manchester club may decide they can get better for their money's worth for a striker who has scored just four goals for Zenit all season.

Do you share our scepticism over the Hulk to City talk?


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