Chelsea Transfer News: Deal for Hulk Not as Secure as Blues Initially Thought

Simon EdmondsCorrespondent IJune 13, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 03: Forward Hulk Souza Givanildo #20 of Brazil looks for a call from the referee during the first half of a soccer game against Mexico at Cowboys Stadium on June 3, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Mexico won 2-0. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
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The Daily Mail is reporting that Chelsea's efforts to sign Porto and Brazil striker Hulk may not be as straightforward as many footballing pundits had expected.

For the most part, the deal involving Hulk and the Blues seemed all but wrapped up, with Chelsea believing they only needed to provide Porto with the requested £38 million to ensure Hulk's services for next season.

However, Hulk's agent, Teodoro Fonseca, has sent alarm bells ringing at Stamford Bridge by admitting that not only do Porto want to hold on to the player, but Chelsea will also face competition from so-far unnamed rival clubs.

Fonseca told Record (via Daily Mail):

The Blues [Chelsea] are not the only European club interested and at the moment it all depends on Porto.

I am in permanent contact with president Pinto Da Costa but there have been no advances on this subject.

The club want him to stay and we have received the offer of a new deal. If Hulk stays in Porto then there is no problem as he is happy in Porto.

He has had three years of interest from big European clubs and he still plays in Portugal.

Whether this a reality or just some kind of clever ploy by the Brazilian's agent to squeeze more money out of owner Roman Abramovich is up for debate.

But one thing it certainly does is remind Chelsea that it might not be so easy to pull off the "Revolution" after all.

After the recent, and very impressive, signings of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, it seemed as though the acquisition of Hulk would be a relative walk in the park for the Blues, who have the added appeal of being this year's champions of Europe.

However, this statement from Fonseca reminds Chelsea, and indeed the rest of the big names in Europe, that however good a side you are, and however much money you have, you won't always get everything you want.

That's not to say Chelsea won't eventually end up signing Hulk this summer—in fact, I still whole-heartedly believe that the deal will eventually come to fruition.

When all is said and done, Hulk himself has stated that he wants to move to Stamford Bridge this summer (per the Daily Mail).

It would be a very shocking turn of events if he stayed in Portugal for another season, as Fonseca is suggesting he might well do.

One has to wonder what will happen next!