Pep Guardiola has allegedly named the in-demand attacker as a requirement for him to stay at Camp Nou as the imposing Brazilian appears to be seeking a new challengeBarcelona are plotting a summer move for Porto attacker Hulk, La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests.
The Brazil international joined Porto from Japanese side Tokyo Verdy in 2008 and has become one of the most sought-after players in the continent with his performances for the Europa League holders.
Chelsea have been mooted as Hulk's principal suitor, but fresh speculation claims that Barca coach Pep Guardiola is keen to take to the powerful striker to Camp Nou.
The 40-year-old trainer has yet to commit his future to the Catalan side beyond the end of this season, when his contract expires, but it is reported that he has told the club's hierarchy that he will sign a new deal if Hulk is recruited.
The 25-year-old attacker, who has scored 12 goals in 24 competitive appearances this season, has a €100 million release clause attached to his contract, which expires in 2016.
He has refused to rule out a move away from Porto, but the striker's agent has guaranted that his client will not force an exit from the Estadio do Dragao outfit.
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