If Tottenham or Chelsea are to succeed in luring Hulk to the Premier League then they will most likely have to pay over the odds for the Brazilian, who seemingly put another £10 million on any potential transfer fee after picking up a major award for Zenit St Petersburg.
The Russian club paid Porto a sensational €60 million back in 2012 to secure the Selecao star’s services but while the forward has delivered a solid 23 goals in 42 appearances over the last two seasons, he has on occasions also had to deal with racist taunts from opposing fans.
Equally concerning for Zenit, the arrival of the Brazilian on the pitch has brought little in the way of silverware with manager Luciano Spalletti sacked earlier this term and replaced by former Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas.
It was this change in manager that sparked rumours linking Hulk with a move away, something FIFA agent Shandor Varga revealed in an interview with Izvestia.
"Despite the transfer fee required to land Hulk, don't rule out that he may move to one of the top European championships,” he told the news provider.
"English clubs still have the highest chance of acquiring him. For the UK's leading teams €50m (£40m) is not much money.”
Tottenham and Chelsea certainly have the backing to afford such a move, but news of Hulk’s latest award win could see that price, which was quoted back in March, increase.
The 27-year-old was voted the Most Valuable Player in the Russian Premier League, claiming 65 points in the vote, with CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akineev a distant second and his teammate Seydou Doumbia third.
With Spurs keen to bolster a strike force too reliant on Emmanuel Adebayor and Chelsea desperate to find a 30-goal-a-season forward to spearhead their Premier League assault, expect a big Hulk bid soon.