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Chelsea have patiently scoured the world for a striker worthy of the hefty salaries paid out by Roman Abramovich and after a futile 2 year search they have returned to one of their earliest targets- Hulk. The Metro reports that the Brazilian attacker is back on Chelsea’s after a couple of years in the Russian wilderness with Zenit St. Petersburg, with the radar being simulated by the 27 year old’s agent Shandor Varga. Hulk has never been happy at Zenit despite the hefty €60m spent on him by the Russian giants, thus he has appeared in the tabloids during every transfer window since.

Chelsea’s striking woes have been so bad that Jose Mourinho was even caught on a secret tape ridiculing his forward trio, who have combined to plunder 14 goals in the Premier League all season. It is accepted knowledge that Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba won’t be hanging around Stamford Bridge for too long.

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London side Chelsea could be chasing Hulk, the Brazilian forward, in the summer. Chelsea’s problems due to misfiring strikers this season has seen them linked to many-a-strikers, and with the Metro reporting that the Zenit St. Petersburg hitman wants to leave his current club, Jose Mourinho might be setting his sights on the 27-year-old Brazilian in the summer.

Chelsea manager, Mourinho, has already claimed that his current crop of strikers will remain unchanged until the end of the season. However, with Samuel Eto’o quite possibly leaving the club after his 1-year contract expires in the summer, and Demba Ba widely touted to be on his way out of the club, the Blues will be on the lookout for a striker in the summer. While Hulk’s 21 goal return from his 46 appearances for the Russian team might not be the best, his record over the last 2 years of his stint at his ex-club Porto, where he scored 59 goals from 94 games, shows that he is a proven goal scorer.

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Whatever lingering hopes Arsenal had of landing the much sought after Brazilian winger Bernard has now been dented even further, after his father confirmed that Bernard’s compatriot Hulk has recommended the Atletico Mineiro starlet to switch to Portuguese giants Porto.

Speaking to O Jogo, Bernard’s father Delio Duarte said, “Hulk has convinced Bernard that Porto would be better for him at this stage of his career." Confirming that Arsenal have yet to make an official approach for his son, he further added, “Nothing is decided yet but we know there is interest from Arsenal. However, there has been nothing official from them."

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Nouveau riche, newly promoted Ligue-1 side AS Monaco have beaten Chelsea to another marquee signing this summer with the acquisition of Zenit St. Petersburg forward Hulk. The Brazil international, is about to complete a £52 million move to the French side according to Radio Monte Carlo.

The 26 year old had previously also been linked to the Blues but rejected them to join Russian club Zenit instead and has seemingly again rejected a move to the Premier League, choosing to move to Ligue 1 instead.

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Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas are no strangers to each other’s thought processes because of their time together at Porto, Chelsea and Inter. AVB was Mourinho’s chief scout during his managerial career and they had a really good rapport with each other. Even now, after they have parted ways and are managing different teams, they are still thinking alike in terms of their targets for their respective clubs Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. They are both reported by the Express to be courting Brazilian forward Hulk.

Chelsea have been monitoring Hulk ever since his time at Porto and were really close to signing the attacker last season before his quick fire move to Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg. After a frustrating year in Russia, he was reported to want to move out of the club following hostility from the manager, players and fans. Hulk scored just 11 goals and assisted 8 in 30 matches for them last season. The Blues have been watching closely to pounce when they see the chance, with Mourinho having the “blessing” (read £40 million) of Roman Abramovich to go after the powerful Brazilian.

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Its no secret that Chelsea have been in the market for a striker to solve their problems up front. They started out with trying to sign Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. But newly promoted French Ligue 2 champions AS Monaco, outbid them to the Atletico Madrid forward. Their efforts to sign Edinson Cavani seem to be hitting roadblocks, and now it appears that Brazilian international Hulk could well be off the market too. The Metro reports that Monaco are preparing a £40 million offer to steal Hulk away from the Europa League champions once again.

Hulk has been, very evidently, having a bad time since his transfer to Russia. His tiffs with the coach Luciano Spalletti and his team mates have been well documented along with his desire to move out of Zenit St Petersburg barely a year after his transfer to the club. Chelsea were linked to signing the Brazilian before he moved Zenit, but the Russian club outbid them. The Blues were, then, the clear favorites to sign the impressive Brazil international. Even now they seem to be keen to bring Hulk to the Premier League this season.

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The Blues have one main aim this transfer season, and that is to obtain a lead striker who will solve all their current attacking woes. Rafael Benitez, before leaving, revealed that Russian owner Roman Abramovich has a warchest of £100 million waiting for Jose Mourinho. And the Portuguese, is ‘loyally’ following suit to splurge it all the place, be it Russia or Italy.

The Mail reports that the West Londoners placed bids on Italian superstar Edinson Cavani and Zenit's brand new Brazilian Hulk within hours of each other, as the Portuguese stepped up his effort to bring consistency back into the Chelsea attack. Mourinho, though is confident of signing the Montenegrin Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina while keeping Edin Dzeko as a backup option.

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