It’s no secret that new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be given money to spend by Roman Abramovich, as the club looks to wrestle the Premier League back from the two Manchester clubs. Bayer Leverkusen have already admitted that they are in talks with Chelsea over the German attacker Andre Schurrle, and the Brazilian Hulk could be next.
News of that particular transfer should be forthcoming in the next 24 hours, but one potential transfer that not many people have been talking about is the possible signing of Brazilian striker and wonderfully named Hulk. The striker, 27 this summer, has revealed that Mourinho is definitely interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge.
Hulk signed for Russian moneybags Zenit St. Petersburg in September 2012, in a deal rumoured to be worth more than 40 million euros. Hulk had previously scored 78 goals in 169 appearances for Porto, and a big move to a Champions League club looked likely before Zenit made their move. Rumours of Mourinho’s interest are not coming from the usual sources, but from the player himself.
When asked about any interest from Chelsea, he responded, “If I said there wasn’t anything in it, I would be lying. But that is not for now. At the moment, I am 100 percent focused on Brazil and I hope to be a Confederations Cup winner with my country. Other matters will have to wait until afterwards.”
While the news will delight fans (yours truly included), it is perhaps not what Torres, Ba or Lukaku wanted to hear in Mourinho’s first week at the club. Mourinho likes to play with one main striker, and a move that would bring Hulk to Stamford Bridge could have the Brazilian as first choice, although he could also be used in a wide role.
While Lukaku may be happy to go out on loan for another season as he looks to stay fit and in contention for the Belgian national team, it would mean Torres and Ba accepting supporting roles in the team, and that is something that we already know doesn’t sit well with either player. It would not be surprising to see either player move on this summer and Lukaku stepping up in the pecking order. That, however, is nothing more than speculation, and I expect it will be some time before we have any clear idea of how our squad will look at the start of the season. What we do know is that Jose is looking to strengthen, and with a full summer ahead, the future is bright.