In what could be conceived to be a panic buy, Monaco are reportedly looking at a move for Brazilian forward Hulk.
The good ship Monaco has hit some very dangerous waters of late. After two games they have yet to register a single point. Defensively they have looked in trouble, but it seems that the people in charge think the best way to solve this issue is to spend €50million on an attacker.
New coach Leandro Jardim looks to be hitting the panic button down in the principality. An opening day defeat to Lorient and then a collapse as they dropped 4-1 to Bordeaux on Sunday sees the side that finished second last season currently sit second bottom of Ligue 1.
Italy’s Gazzetta Dello Sport are linking AS Monaco with a move for Zenit St. Petersburg’s Brazilian forward Hulk. The 28-year-old move to Russia back in 2012 and his record is impressive, with 37 goals in 67 games, including eight goals in the Champions League.
The Brazilian’s reputation rose rapidly when he played for FC Porto, his record is an impressive 78 goals in 169 games. This included three seasons in which he joined forced with Colombian Radamel Falcao as the club won the Portuguese league, the cup and the 2010/11 Europa League.
It may seem like an awful lot of money to buy a player in a position where they already have a lot of talent, but the thinking from vice-president and sporting director Vadim Vasilyev will be that bringing both players back together could get the very best back out of their €60million Colombian.
Bringing in a player of Hulk’s reputation could also help keep Falcao from deciding to leave for Real Madrid or other interested clubs.
However, the reality of the situation is that the club would be putting themselves in jeopardy by spending that amount of money on one player. They could then face Financial Fair Play sanctions further down the line if they were to pay upwards of €50million for the Brazilian.
There is little doubt that Monaco need to buy to stay competitive in the league and Champions League, but buying Hulk would not solve any of the real problems they have at the moment; it may make Falcao happy, but for how long.