Andre Villas-Boas has ruled out any summer move for Hulk, as he’s called the deal impossible.
Hulk seems to have been trying to get away from Zenit St Petersburg for most of the season, following quite public problems with the club’s manager Luciano Spalletti.
Tottenham’s need for an extra striker plus AVB’s former role with Porto, has always meant that a Spurs deal for Hulk has been possible. That is until now.
AVB has blamed the state of financial affairs in Russian football for effectively making it impossible for the North London club to go after a player who would undoubtedly aid their team.
The Spurs boss has said the wage deal that Hulk would want to move to London and the fee Zenit would demand, because of his current contract, makes it impossible for the club to sign him.
The fee would be huge because Spurs would have to buy out his contract, which includes his ridiculous wage deal worth over £5 million per year making him one of the best paid players in the history of football.
They also paid £32 million to sign him in the first place and considering he’s still only 26-years-old, they would more than likely want to make back a large portion of that original fee.
It’s a shame because the former Porto striker is a player who could definitely improve the current Spurs squad, offering them something with his presence and power which they don’t already have.
They could realistically put a deal together for him, but it would force Spurs to break their current wage structure, which would create a knock on effect with several other players asking for better contracts.
It would also be bizarre considering that Daniel Levy has always approached the business side of Tottenham very professionally and efficiently, creating some of the best deals in the club’s recent history.
Spurs have plenty of other attacking options as they head into the summer transfer market, which are not going to require them to break their own transfer rules and records in order to make those deals a reality.
There is even just cause to argue that Spurs have dodged a bullet and should thank Zenit for making Hulk impossible to buy, because he has a big ego and may cause unrest within the Tottenham squad due to his profile if he moved.
Why he would suddenly commission a deal which has the potential to rip apart Spurs financially would be very hard to understand.
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