The club and the player have been linked for years, with speculation intensifying when Andre Villas-Boas was linked with bringing him to London from his former club Porto last year, but the Guardian says the move will finally come to pass this summer.
The 25-year-old had a significant release clause, believed by the paper to be more like €60m (£48m) rather than the previously reported figures of €100m.
Hulk’s arrival would take Chelsea’s spending to £70m for the week, with Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard also declaring that he has signed for the Champions League winners for a transfer fee the Guardian puts at £32m.
As one striker prepares for life at Stamford Bridge, another is readying himself for life off it, with the Daily Mirror repeating claims that
Given reports that Drogba wanted a two-year deal at Chelsea and was only offered one, and given his reluctance to be a bit-part player behind Fernando Torres, whether the Ivorian would be prepared to sit behind
The 65-year-old’s relationship with the club appears to have soured, and discussions on the long-term plans will have taken on a new complexion after Spurs were denied Champions League football.
Still, Paper Round is not convinced that the commute from Sandbanks to Doha will be doable – even for ‘Arry.
Paul Lambert could be named Aston Villa today, and to use the correct transfer market parlance, he could ‘raid his old club’ immediately and bring
Neighbours Newcastle meanwhile are eyeing Dutch striker
And finally, there are a couple of snippets of news about struggling
The Daily Star claim, meanwhile, that manager Steve Kean is about to use club legend Colin Hendry as a ‘human shield’. Not literally, but as part of his coaching staff to help bring fans back on board as he prepares the club for life in the Championship.