According to Goal.com, Anzhi Makhachkala nearly broke the world football transfer record by bidding a whopping €87 million for FC Porto's Givanildo Hulk on transfer deadline day.
For some context, Real Madrid have broken the last four world football transfer records, with their double swoop for Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo for €65 million and €94 million respectively, breaking the world football transfer record twice in the same summer.
As can often be the case with Goal.com, there aren't any other major sources reporting that any sort of negotiations took place between Anzhi and FC Porto. Nevertheless, according to Goal.com, when contacted to confirm the existence of a deal prior to the transfer deadline for Hulk, Hulk's representative Jose Aparecido Miguel had this to say:
"A Russian club were firm and tabled an offer. Porto received an offer."
Neither Anzhi nor Porto would provide any information to further substantiate the report, according to Goal.com.
So, what do you think? First of all, do you think that these negotiations actually did take place, and that Anzhi were actually reportedly on the verge of signing Hulk for the astronomical €87 million pound figure being cited by Goal.com?
Secondly, is Hulk worth it? The last four world football transfer record smashers were Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo. Is Hulk good enough to be mentioned among these names, considering he's only earned three Brazil caps and is a very late bloomer on the world stage? That isn't even considering the fact that he's never played in any of the top five football leagues in the world.
Finally, do you see this transfer happening in January? According to the same Goal.com report, Anzhi are "determined to make another attempt to sign him in the January transfer window." Does it make sense for Anzhi to pursue another world-class, or at least very talented, striker, when the team are still lacking quality in defense and midfield?
Please join in the discussion and make your opinion on the topic known!