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£40 million former Chelsea target Hulk 'fascinated' with Premier League

Chelsea came close to signing Hulk last summer, and he is likely to be available this summer.

It appeared at one stage that Chelsea were going to wrap up a deal for Brazilian striker Hulk last summer.

The striker was keen on a move to Stamford Bridge and his representatives tried to push through a move, but Chelsea simply refused to pay the £38 million Porto were demanding.

It was not that they did not have the money, the Blues simply felt he was over-priced.

In the end Porto got what they wanted, Zenit St Petersburg met their asking price and then some, bringing him to Russia, but it has not been a bed of roses for him.

The start was horrendous as Zenit players protested at the high wages being earned by Hulk and fellow new addition Axel Witsel. The team were then knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages, and then there were the racist demands made by a section of supporters of the Russian club.

2013 has been slightly smoother for the forward, but they were knocked out of the Europa League last week by Basel, ending their dreams of European silverware to pay back the substantial investment in the side.

Hulk is a little more settled now, but you just wonder if it is a marriage of convenience to last until the end of the season; after FIFA regulations blocked him moving on in January as he had already played for Porto in the season, he might just be keeping quiet.

His agent however is not, conducting an interview in Italy earlier today.

"There are several solutions for the future, Hulk has expressed his approval of several Italian and European clubs but the problem is essentially money.

"We need a great offer to persuade Zenit, the economic climate makes it difficult to see in Italy, but it must be said that the Premier League is a great league from the technical point of view and Hulk is fascinated (with it). In England and Germany there is more money to be invested in the football world."

It isn't surprising Hulk's agent is trying to get his client a move, but as he states it will not be easy and his options are limited.

Chelsea will be on the list of top teams he tries to contact again, but the Brazilian is likely to fall behind former teammate Falcao as a priority.

The Blues would be undoubtedly interested, but for £40 million we doubt they would make a push for him. Zenit hold the cards here and will not want to take a substantial loss, and Hulk may just be trapped in a situation of his own choosing.

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