Chelsea looked destined to sign Hulk from Porto last summer but for whatever reason the transfer never materialised and he ended up signing for Zenit St Petersburg, but recent reports claim that the Blues will reignite their interest for the forward at Jose Mourinho’s request.
More specifically, it’s the Mirror that ran the rumour, and they say that the West London club are to make a move that would be worth around £35 million, which is about £15m less than what Zenit paid for his services but they may be willing to cut their losses considering his difficult first season in Russia.
The 26-year-old had a troubled start to life at his new club and publicly fell out with Luciano Spalletti and said he wanted out in January, only FIFA rules would have prevented him from playing for a third club in a single season. Since then the relationship between himself, the manager and the club improved as he enjoyed better form from then on.
Hulk made 18 appearances for Zenit during the 2012-13 season and scored seven goals, 11 in all competitions, so you can see where he has slowed down compared to his time at Porto as he netted 21 last season and 36 the season before that.
Many fans will be thinking ‘not this guy again’ but I believe he is made for the Premier League and would prove to be a valuable addition, if he was to sign, and Mourinho could help him become a better player. The club have to keep their options open as a few big names have secured moves already and although we’re interested in Edinson Cavani, we will face competition for his signature.
The links with forwards suggest the beginning of the end of Fernando Torres as a Chelsea player, especially as it’s World Cup year and he will want to avoid sitting on the bench. Demba Ba has some injury issues that may concern Mourinho but he’s a more willing backup than the aforementioned and it’s likely Romelu Lukaku will go back out on loan as regular football is doing him the power of good so far.
Source: The Mirror