Wolves set to miss out on signing Hulk as new Brexit rules will stop veteran moving to Premier League on free transfer December 15, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Wolves will not be able to sign Hulk as a back-up option to Raul Jimenez next month due to new Brexit rules, reports claim.
Jimenez fractured his skull against Arsenal last month and is expected to miss much of the remainder of the season.
Wanderers are therefore looking for a replacement in January and veteran striker Hulk, who has been linked with the likes of Chelsea in the past, is being considered as he prepares to become a free agent at the start of the New Year.
Hulk currently plays for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG and, according to The Athletic, the Brazilian would not qualify for a work permit under the new Brexit rules which begin on January 1 – the same day as the opening of the winter transfer window.
The new government regulations state that any potential Premier League player coming from abroad must meet a points-based criteria in order to gain a permit to play in England.
Points are built up via a player’s recent international experience, their game time at their previous club and the quality of the league they are joining from.
As Hulk currently plays in China, he will have fewer points than players coming in from the major European leagues such as LaLiga in Spain, Serie A in Italy and Ligue 1 in France.
Furthermore, the 34-year-old has not represented his native Brazil in four years.
Wolves are desperately seeking attacking reinforcements this summer after scoring just 11 goals in a dozen Premier League games.
Jimenez’s injury has seen pressure mount on 18-year-old Fabio Silva, who joined from Porto for £35million during the summer
According to The Sun, head coach Nuno has also identified ex-Newcastle ace Salomon Rondon as a potential replacement for the injured Jimenez.