Mercurial Brazil international could be on his way to west London this summer.
Zenit’s unsettled forward hints at possible end of season switch to Stamford Bridge, which would be a good move for the European champions.
SOURCE: The Metro
No one will be too surprised to hear that Zenit St Petersburg centre forward Hulk is said to be unhappy with life with the Russian Premier League champions and is considering his future after becoming disillusioned with head coach Luciano Spalletti.
More than a few eyebrows were collectively raised last summer when the highly-rated, hard-hitting attacker announced that he would be leaving FC Porto to sign for Zenit in an eye-catching deal worth a staggering £40 million.
It was not just the size of the fee, although that did take some believing at first, but the 26-year-old’s choice of destination, especially given the fact that a whole host of other big-name European clubs had wanted to sign the Brazil forward.
One of those suitors had been European champions Chelsea, a team that had been keeping close tabs on the player for some time, having first attempted to buy Hulk the summer before when Andre Villas-Boas was in charge of the Blues, only for the striker to spurn their advances.
However, if Hulk is unhappy with life in Russia, as he says he is, then those in charge of transfers at the Bridge should act quickly to take advantage of this situation so as not to miss out on the player for a third time, especially given the woeful form in front of goal of club record signing Fernando Torres.
Meanwhile, if Atletico de Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is to be believed when he says that coveted front man Radamel Falcao will definitely be seeing out the remaining three years of his current contract at the Vincente Calderon, then Chelsea are going to need to shift their summer striking targets away from the in-demand Colombia international in any case.
And Hulk could be just the player to bring new focus and cutting edge to the misfiring Chelsea front line, even at a cost of £45m plus.