By David Woods
JOSE MOURINHO has already drawn up a transfer shopping list for Chelsea – with striker Hulk at the top of it.
Mourinho has agreed to go back to Stamford Bridge this summer following talks between his agent Jorge Mendes, and Blues owner Roman Abramovich and his advisers.
And the pursuit of Hulk does not bode well for the future of £50m Fernando Torres, especially if the London club also win the race to sign Colombian hotshot Falcao from Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid boss Mourinho sees Hulk – full name Givanildo Vieira de Souza – as the sort of powerful hitman who can have the same major impact as Didier Drogba did under the Portuguese coach at Chelsea.
Starsport can confi rm Mourinho has verbally agreed his Stamford Bridge comeback on a salary understood to match the £12m a year he is paid in Spain.
He is expected to resign his Bernabeu position at the end of the season, with his dream scenario to quit after winning the Champions League at Wembley on May 25.
He made a similar dramatic exit following success in Europe’s top club competition with Porto in 2004 and Inter three years ago.
Mourinho will want a major shakeup at Chelsea, including the axing of Michael Emenalo, the technical director of football at the club, and control over transfer ins and outs.
Although Hulk only joined Zenit St Petersburg for £42m in September, Abramovich has close connections with the Russian club.
Zenit owners Gazprom paid Abramovich and his business partner £6.5b for their stake in the Sibneft oil company.
And Mourinho knows all about 26-year-old Hulk from the hitman’s time in Portugal with Vitoria – from 2004-06 – and Porto, 2008-12.
Reports in Spain yesterday suggested Mendes was in London “during the past week” to meet with Chelsea, who agreed to offer Mourinho a three-year deal and total independence to choose who he wants in the transfer market.
But the Stamford Bridge club want a defi nitive answer on his future by June 1 at the very latest.