Stamford Bridge side keen on Brazilian forward.
Chelsea are keeping a close eye on developments at big spending Russian side Zenit as they look to mount a move to sign Brazilian striker Hulk.
The former FC Porto forward, who was previously strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, is not having the best of times since his move to St Petersburg and is reportedly set to demand an exit from the club after falling out with manager Luciano Spalletti and this has led to an increase in interest in the 26 year old.
In playing terms Hulk hasn’t taken all that well to life in the Russian Premier League, managing just two goals in eight domestic appearances and Chelsea’s pursuit of further attacking options has led them to consider a big money offer for the powerful striker.
They will have to hold off on such a bid until next summer as UEFA guidelines prevent Hulk from representing another side in the 2012/13 season as he has already represented FC Porto and Zenit this term. However this is not seen as such an issue for Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
The Russian billionaire has seen his Chelsea side bow out of the Champions League at the knockout stage and fall ten points off the Premier League title pace leaving Abramovich ready to plan for the long term. A move for Hulk may well cost a great deal of money but could still work out cheaper than the continued pursuit of other targets such as Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani, two players who appear happy at their respective clubs.
Chelsea will also use the presence of a Brazilian contingent at the club to help lure Hulk into a move to the Premier League side. National team colleagues David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar would no doubt welcome the addition of the usually prolific marksman who may prove a better fit to spearhead the club’s attack than misfiring Spaniard Fernando Torres.
Zenit spent £32m to bring Hulk to the club in September but may well accept offers above that amount if they feel that the player is not adapting well to life at the Petrovsky Stadium.
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