Should Arsene Wenger blow his transfer budget on Hulk?
With Arsenal in need of a striker to bolster the club's title chase and answer increasing questions from supporters, time and options are running out.
Julian Draxler presently looks the most coveted of their transfer targets, but he is not a natural striker and in the short-term questions will remain over his impact.
Names like Alvaro Morata and Jackson Martinez are set to stay put at their current clubs, it unclear at present where Arsene Wenger will turn to if unsuccessful chasing Schalke's prodigy.
Wenger said earlier this month he wants a striker who can play two roles - the ability to play up front on his own, and one who can play alongside Olivier Giroud, who he has always insisted he does not want to replace.
There is one extravagantly priced striker who fits the demands, who plays his football in Russia and has long been open to a transfer away.
Brazilian international Hulk is a forward who would answer Arsene Wenger's specifications - if the Frenchman could get his head around a huge transfer fee.
Yet with a record kit sponsorship deal with Puma tipped to be unveiled at a press conference next week, the point that Arsenal can afford to pay big money for players will only be underlined.
Hulk has been at Zenit St Petersburg for 18 months, yet was early on into his spell at the club described as unsettled, and linked to Chelsea in December.
While a transfer of the forward to Arsenal is not one we believe to be on the radar, there's no doubting the goalscorer would be the perfect fit if the Gunners were prepared to finance the deal.
He has scored an impressive nine goals in 13 starts in the Russian Premier League so far this season, with a further four assists, averaging a goal a game.
Zenit utilise him in two roles, as a central striker, and in other games wide right to accommodate Alexander Kerzhakov in the centre, with former Gunner Andrei Arshavin often featuring on the left.
Essentially he would play the same role at Arsenal as Theo Walcott did, yet be even more experienced in leading the line.
His physical style means adapting to the Premier League would not present a difficulty for him. Hulk's most prolific season came in 2010/11 with Porto, when he scored a phenomenal 36 goals and provided 21 assists. Form which convinced Zenit to spend £48.4 million on him 12 months later.
His combination of pace and power, not to mention the big lift and belief his signing would give the rest of the squad would elevate Arsenal in the minds of many to Premier League title favourites even above Manchester City.
It was reported last month he was planning a move next summer, yet if a big bid was lodged for him now - with Zenit considering a 30 million bid for Benfica's Rodrigo - there's every chance the Russians would take the money.
Hulk is a crystal clear example of the type of striker Arsenal need right now, and a player the club should go after if they want to prove to their supporters and pundits they are serious.
Wenger will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat, and why not aim for the best player his money could buy, it worked with Mesut Ozil?
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