Hulk and Moutinho key to Porto
Porto's coach is adamant both Hulk and Joao Moutinho feature in his plans for the season despite persistent reports of Premier League interest.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 26/07/12 11:32am
Porto coach Vitor Pereira is adamant both Hulk and Joao Moutinho feature in his plans for the impending season despite persistent reports of Premier League interest in the duo.
Brazilian ace Hulk has been consistently linked with Chelsea over recent transfer windows, with the sticking point thought to be a reported €100million (£85m) release clause in his contract.
The 26-year-old, currently preparing for the Olympics with Brazil in London, is also believed to be on the radars of Tottenham and big-spending French club Paris St Germain.
Meanwhile, Portugal international Moutinho is also thought to be a target of Spurs, who are lining up a potential replacement for wantaway playmaker Luka Modric, while Manchester United and PSG are other clubs being linked with the 25-year-old.
However, Porto president Pinto da Costa has repeatedly stated he wants the duo to stay and coach Pereira is counting on both players for the new season.
He said: "Hulk and Joao Moutinho are both in my plans for next season."
"They are our players and are very important to the structure of this team.
"I am not preoccupied by the possibility of big offers from England because I know the clear position of Porto's president on this subject."