Teodoro Fonseca has confirmed that there has been official interest in taking the Brazilian striker to Monaco, which effectively rules out any chance of him moving to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.
Hulk would have threatened the position of Romelu Lukaku in the Chelsea side next season because he’s effectively a much higher profile and more experienced version of the same player.
However, the fact Hulk now seems destined for Monaco means that Lukaku could be viewed as that Didier Drogba type player Jose Mourinho built much of his previous Chelsea success around.
“I know Monaco is interested, but they never (first) contacted me. They learnt of the speculation, and now the interest is real,” Fonseca told Le10port.
Lukaku has made it very clear that he wants to return to Chelsea, play games and turn himself into a genuine threat in the Chelsea attack and become a club legend in the process.
There can be no doubt that the presence of Hulk in the Chelsea side would have certainly caused him to renew his loan deal with West Bromwich Albion, which may have even threatened his long term future at Stamford Bridge.
He now has the chance under Mourinho to have a big impact next season and neither Fernando Torres or Demba Ba are prolific enough to prevent him from having that chance of Mourinho is confirmed as the new Chelsea boss.
In a way Chelsea can see this as a dodged bullet because Hulk has proven himself to be rather a problematic figure in terms of his personality and the fact he’s made no secret of his mercenary tendencies.
Ask any Chelsea fan out there if they want the committed passion of a young man like Lukaku over the expensive luxury of Hulk and they would take the Belgian striker every single time.
It’s still going to be a big challenge for Lukaku because Mourinho will come in and he will make some changes, which will more than likely include another forward to add to the squad.
However, the point is that Lukaku can be that big or heavyweight option up front that Mourinho used last time he was at the club to bully sides out of matches and to dominate weak defensive back fours.
Had Hulk been signed then that would have put an end to Lukaku’s immediate Chelsea to career, increasing the chance he’d want to move away from the club as he may have seen it as an indication that he was never going to get a chance with the Blues.
Now the Belgian should have a chance to settle down and ease into his Chelsea career as he heads into his early to mid twenties.
Lukaku or Hulk, who would you rather see leading the Chelsea attack?
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