Brazil striker Hulk has fuelled speculation that he will move to Chelsea this summer, saying he was aware that newly-installed Blues boss Jose Mourinho was interested in signing him.
The Zenit St Petersburg marksman would not come cheap, as the Russian club will be eager to recoup much of the €40 million they paid to sign him from FC Porto in September. But it seems as though a move to link up with Mourinho at Chelsea is being considered.
While Hulk was eager to insist that his focus was on playing for Brazil in the forthcoming Confederations Cup, the 26-year-old told reporters Chelsea was an option for him.
“If I said there wasn’t anything in it, I would be lying, but that is not for now,” he added.
“At the moment, I am 100% focused on the Selecao [Brazil] and I hope to be a Confederations Cup winner with my country. It is a matter of great pride for me to be playing in the yellow jersey, so near to my family. Other matters will have to wait until afterwards.”
A key figure for Porto in their 2011 Europa League triumph, Hulk has reportedly struggled to settle in Russia after his big-money move.
His initial days in St Petersburg saw a racism storm erupt, with sections of the Zenit fanbase voicing hostility at the arrival of a high-profile black player at the club.
Meanwhile, reports in Italy suggested Chelsea were stepping up their chase to land Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, strongly tipped to move to the Premier League this summer.