by Sami Mokbel
Hulk has told Porto he wants to join Chelsea’s revolution this summer in an attempt to force through a move.
The Brazil forward has been a long-term target for the Champions League winners and both clubs have held advanced talks about a proposed move.
However, sources close to the deal have told Sportsmail the main stumbling block towards the transfer remains the transfer fee.
Hulk has an £80million release clause written into his contract – though the Portuguese club will accept an offer of around £38million.
Chelsea are yet to meet that valuation, causing a delay in the transfer, though the deal is still expected to be completed.
The 25-year-old can play both as a winger and a central striker and has scored 57 goals in 91 games during the past two seasons.
Several teams have been linked with Hulk, including both Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham, but only Chelsea have made a concrete offer for the player.
Chelsea have shelled out £32m for Eden Hazard in a bid to give Fernando Torres better a better supply line in the hope he will rediscover his goalscoring form.
If the Blues can procure Porto’s key man, the attacking midfield trio of Hulk, Hazard and Juan Mata would be a formidable threat.
German winger Marko Marin was also signed for £8m and appeared to have little competition for a place in Chelsea’s attack – that is looking less and less the case with every passing day.