Manchester City have asked Porto about the asking price of Hulk.

The Daily Star says City boss Roberto Mancini is now eyeing up Porto's powerhouse forward Hulk as a potential alternative marquee summer signing to Udinese's Alexis Sanchez.

The Eastlands outfit were preparing to open the bidding for the Brazil ace with a £20m offer. But Porto want £36m for the 24 year-old, who can play on either flank or through the middle.

That tops the £32.5m City splashed out to sign Robinho from Real Madrid three years ago.

Hulk, who smashed 31 goals in 42 games to help fire Porto to a league and Europa Cup double, has a massive £89m buyout clause in his contract, which he recently extended until 2016.

City will hope to talk Porto into lowering their demands with Hulk keen on a move to England.

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