Chelsea’s long-term transfer target Hulk has received an offer from an unnamed Premier League this week.
Since the Brazilian international didn’t name the club, Chelsea are seen as one of the biggest favourites to have potentially made the offer.
That’s simply because of the history between the club and the player, as the Blues have been linked with a move for Hulk since his time at FC Porto, who he played for before moving to Zenit St. Petersburg and then to China.
According to the player he admires the league very much, but also admits that he’s actually a fan of Arsenal, who are also reportedly keen on the player.
I received one contact from the Premier League and quite a few others from other countries. I admire the Premier League very much and it’s considered not by accident the best league in the world.
I always follow the league and I have always supported Arsenal.
Of course I follow it but I am happy here. I have almost three more years on my contract so I am happy here. But one never knows in football, everything can happen and my agent receives contact from Europe, including from the UK.
– Hulk, via Metro
With Diego Costa leaving Chelsea permanently this January and Blues winger Willian’s future being questioned highly, Antonio Conte could have been the one making the offer.
Hulk, 31 years old, currently plays in the Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG – the very same club who former Blue Oscar also left Stamford Bridge for just a year ago.
Could Chelsea be on the brink of finally signing their long-term target, or will he move somewhere else across the country?
Eden Hazard pours cold water on his partnership with one player
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has made it clear that the team’s success is down to one player, or even two, but that the whole team are working hard to get the best possible results.
Hazard has been brilliant in recent weeks, and his partnership with Alvaro Morata has made headlines, with the two impressing on the field and linking up in terms of goals, which are of course winning games for the Blues.
However, Hazard made it clear that the entire team have been vital – and the likes of Azpilicueta, who of course has been as useful to Morata as anyone this term – are all reasons for the goals and the points.
“It’s not just [Morata] and me, it’s the whole team,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“When you play with [Cesc] Fabregas, Alonso on the left and [Davide] Zappacosta on the right you can feel the confidence. Everyone played with the ball and made great movement.”
Chelsea now feel they’re back in the title race, and it seems that Antonio Conte thinks the club need to win the rest of their games in order to catch Manchester City and finish above Manchester United as well.
After their win over West Brom, it seems as though the Blues are back on track after a period where they struggled, and with the Champions League coming up this week, they will know that three points is essential after the blips against Roma – and Conte will be aware that failure in the group stages of the competition is not an option – nor is missing out on the Champions League next season.