London duo are interested in unhappy striker.
Arsenal and Chelsea have emerged as contenders to sign Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk in January – but the Brazilian would need special dispensation from FIFA to play for either club.
Hulk joined the mega-rich Russians from Porto in a reported £40m deal in September but has had an unhappy spell in St Petersburg thus far.
The 26-year-old was initially ostracised by his Zenit teammates who protested at his reported wage of over £250,000 per week.
And on Tuesday, Hulk was left furious by an open letter by Zenit fans urging the club not to sign any non-white players, including South Americans.
Meanwhile, the Selecao international has struggled on the pitch, finding the net just 3 times in 14 appearances for Zenit.
Hulk is understood to be determined to leave Russia and return to Western Europe in January and London duo Arsenal and Chelsea have emerged as contenders for his signature.
However, having already played for two clubs this season, Hulk would require special dispensation from FIFA to play for a third and the governing body are unlikely to be lenient.
Hulk’s agent will argue that his client has been the victim of racial prejudice at Zenit but it is possible the forward will have to wait until the summer for a move.
Chelsea were interested in Hulk during the summer but failed to stump-up the cash to persuade Porto to sell.
Arsenal are in need of a new striker but Hulk would have to take a significant pay-cut to move to Emirates and is doubtful the North London club could afford Zenit’s inflated asking-price.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have money to burn but will only consider Hulk if a deal for top-target Radamel Falcao collapses.
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