Welcome back to the Transfer Bin, where the most absurd of transfer rumours are cast into the trash to become acquainted with their fellow laughable market machinations.
The order of the day comes from ItaSportPress, who’ve alleged that the Milanese outfit will surge forward to rescue the burly Brazilian from his supposedly deteriorating situation at Zenit St Petersburg.
Indonesian tycoon Erick Thohir only just purchased a 70% stake in the Nerazzurri in the past months in a move that would appear to see the club flush with cash, but the businessman’s words on his fresh acquisition are quite plainly being ignored.
He already indicated that he won’t pursue the route taken by Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich, lavishing large sums on blockbuster purchases, and has prioritised returning the club’s financial disarray to health to restore balance to the books.
An ironic twist exists in that Stamford Bridge appears the most likely destination for Hulk as he’s reportedly requested a move away from Russia at the end of the current campaign, with the Blues having previously been keen on acquiring him, possessing the necessary funds and Jose Mourinho desiring a top striker to lead the line for the future.
Furthering the satirical line is the understanding that Inter have agreed to sell off Fredy Guarin to the Londoners in the new year to raise funds, Nerazzurri sporting director Piero Ausilio noting just last week that the squad would need to be trimmed before buys would even be considered and touting the credentials of young strikers Ishak Belfodil and Mauro Icardi, who cost a combined €21 million this past summer.
The San Siro club have already fallen seven points off the pace for Champions League football in Serie A and face an uphill battle to return to Europe’s elite competition, whilst on a personal level surely Hulk’s ambitions would be to secure competition at the highest level.
Inter’s reported efforts to prise out-of-form Ezequiel Lavezzi away from Paris Saint-Germain have already been beset by difficulties, so why would a more expensive option even in the slightest seem a logical alternative?
Thohir isn’t ready to break the bank on transfers, having previously tipped youth development as the way of the future whilst focusing energy on the expensive pursuit of constructing a new stadium, and at least for the foreseeable future will continue in that vein.
And as if it’s even necessary to point out considering the mounting evidence already, Hulk’s purported plea to leave Zenit concerned the end of the season, not even the winter window.
Queue this one up for the ludicrous pile, or rather, simply toss it in the bin with its farcical friends.
Rubbish rating: Worth a hearty deranged laugh.
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