Stamford Bridge side look to Zenit forward to resolve fire-power issue.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly closing in on a deal to welcome back Jose Mourinho as a permanent successor to interim boss Rafa Benitez according to the Daily Star.
Indeed plans are well and truly in the pipeline for a busy summer of transfer dealings with moves that will see elder statesman John Terry and Frank Lampard leave Stamford Bridge as the Russian billionaire looks to freshen up the Blues squad.
Brazilian defender David Luiz is lined up to replace John Terry as Chelsea captain with the England centre-back being strongly linked with interest from Istanbul giants Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
34 year old midfielder Frank Lampard will not be offered a new contract and with his current deal set to come to an end this summer the England man can leave on a free transfer.
Incoming boss Mourinho will set about strengthening the areas in most need of beefing up and to that end the Real Madrid manager is keen to bring in Zenit St Peterburg striker Hulk.
The former FC Porto man has struggled for form since his £32m move to the Russian Premier League side last September, managing a pedestrian total of eight goals in 25 appearances.
Prior to his move to Russia the 26 year old powerful forward has impressed many with his displays at Porto, where he managed 78 goals in four seasons at the Estadio Dragao, during which time he collected three Primeira Liga titles and a Europa League winners medal.
A move for Hulk would not come cheap and one would imagine such a swoop would leave Chelsea likely to offload Spanish flop Fernando Torres, who has now gone 15 Premier League games without a goal in his latest barren run.
Hulk would probably jump at the chance of a move to the Premier League side, where he would team up with national team colleagues David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires.