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Hulk and Chelsea share the same sad tale


Chelsea were linked with signing Hulk in the summer, the move never happened, and both player and club have seen their chances of European glory seemingly go up in smoke.

"Chelsea are the current European champions and would please any player and I'm no exception, I'd be happy if the transfer happened." - Hulk, June 2012.

Chelsea fans would have been more than happy to have the Brazilian at their club too, and at one point certain media outlets even claimed a fee had been agreed.

The deal fell through in the end, with Porto unable to agree a fee, and the versatile forward, capable of playing up front or on the wing ended up signing with Zenit St Petersburg in early September.

The transfer was part of a huge double raid by the Russians on the Portuguese league's top talent, with Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel signed from Benfica.

With the Champions League group stages just one game from conclusion; both Hulk and Chelsea share a similar story of misery.

Chelsea as we know are balancing on a knife edge, depending on an already qualified Shakhtar beating Juventus, and winning their own game against Nordsjaelland.

Their precarious position, with the fate out of their own hands was enough to see Roberto di Matteo lose his job, with Rafa Benitez his successor.

Over in Russia, big spending Zenit St Petersburg have seen their dreams go up in smoke.

With four points from five games, they have already been eliminated from the group, with Malaga and AC Milan both having clinched qualification.

Overall Zenit have spent £82 million in the 2012/13 season, and as far as Europe goes, they have very little to show for it. Hulk and Witsel's acquisitions have already been pointed to as a turning point, for 'fracturing team morale' - and fans are less than impressed.

Zenit are owned by Russian company Gazprom, who recently agreed a sponsorship deal with the Champions League for the next three years. They will not be impressed at their team failing to progress.

Hulk has scored just one goal in the competition, while in the Russian Premier League, he has just one goal in six games. It hasn't exactly been a dream start.

We wonder if both he, and Roman Abramovich, are wishing Chelsea and Porto had agreed that deal back in June.

One final thought, is that with Zenit and Chelsea meet in the Europa League, with both occupying third spots in their groups, the Brazilian may get to play at Stamford Bridge this season after all.

If Chelsea had signed Hulk would they be in this position they find themselves in? Or is he simply overrated and being found out?

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