AFP / xinmsn – The most sensational transfer of the season must be Zenit St Petersburg’s signing of Brazilian star Hulk, not just for hefty price tag, but also the last-minute drama of the deal just hours before the Champions League eligibility deadline.
In the highest-spending moves in the history of Russian football, Zenit grabbed not only Hulk from Porto but also Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel from fellow Portuguese side Benfica in deals worth a reported total of 100 million euros.
Adding the two new stars to a squad that already includes Portuguese internationals Bruno Alves and Danny as well as Italian Domenico Criscito, Zenit will be looking to make a major impact in the Champions' League.
"On Friday the transfer market was closed and I was preparing myself for another season in Porto but my agent told me that the club was set to sell me to Zenit," Hulk was quoted as saying by Portuguese media.
"It was a terrific proposal both for Porto and for me. It was an unexpected move but I'm ready for this new challenge."
Hulk's agent Teodoro Fonseca, told Portuguese agency Lusa that the transfer fee was 60 million euros, making it the most expensive of the season.