Chelsea need a new striker, and for that reason, the likes of Hulk, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa continue to be linked with a possible summer move to Stamford Bridge.
Every time Hulk posts a photograph of himself on a plane on its way to England, forums and Twitter feeds go crazy over the prospect of the Brazilian front-man swapping Zenit St Petersburg for a club in the Premier League – with the Blues and Tottenham Hotspur most regularly linked.
But following the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as the Russian side’s new manager, the future of Hulk appears a little less clear.
Prior to the former Tottenham boss agreeing to take over Zenit, you would have expected the striker to be on his way this summer. But now the two ex-Porto men could begin a second working relationship that sees the 27-year-old remain exactly where he is.
Whatever happens domestically, Hulk has high hopes in an international sense with this summer’s World Cup fast-approaching.
In an interview with Gillette Brasil Global Tour and later published by Sambafoot, Hulk is quoted as saying, “I think I’ve sometimes struggled to recreate my club form with Brazil in the past but at the moment I seem to be playing well.”
He also praised the feeling in the Brazil camp leading up to the biggest footballing competition on earth.
“We were chatting about this and we were all saying, ‘It’s such a shame that we’re only together for two or three days this time. I wish it could be a week’,” he said.
“My teammates aren’t work colleagues – they’re part of my family.”
With Chelsea's current Brazilian contingent including Ramires, David Luiz, Oscar and Willian, a lot of Hulk’s second family can be found at one club. So if Villas-Boas does not convince him to stay on beyond this summer, or if an offer arrives that is too good to refuse, there could be a family reunion of sorts, with that much-needed striker finally signing for Jose Mourinho’s side.