Chelsea are readying a bid for Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk, according to Sports Direct News.
Chelsea had originally targeted Napoli striker Edinson Cavani but Cavani is set to join Paris Saint-Germain in a £55m deal instead.
New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is desperate for a big-name striker and has now turned to Hulk.
Hulk only joined Zenit last summer from FC Porto for a fee around £32m. He has recently been unsettled at the Russian club and reportedly wants to leave.
Hulk has only scored 11 goals in 30 appearances for Zenit. The Brazilian has struggled to hold down a regular place for the Russian side.
The striker was reportedly absent from Zenit training this morning and has previously been racially abused by Zenit fans.
Hulk is a regular for Brazil and was part of the Brazilian squad that won the Confederations Cup recently. He has scored six goals in 27 caps for his country.
Chelsea may find competition to land Hulk, with Tottenham holding an interest. Spurs head coach Andre Villas=Boas managed Hulk when he was at Porto. Hulk scored his one of his highest goal tallies of 36 goals in 53 appearances during Villas-Boas's one and only season in charge of Porto.
Zenit are not in need of cash and Chelsea would be expected to pay between £35-£40m for Hulk.
The Brazilian would be expected to do well at Chelsea should he sign, as he has a physique suited for the Premier League. He is strong, fast and has a powerful shot.
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