Chelsea have reportedly made a £35m offer for Zenit St Petersburg forward and long-time target Hulk.

The Blues are in the market for a talismanic forward and, according to the Mirror, manager Jose Mourinho has now turned his attention to the Brazilian, after the club failed to land their top striker target Radamel Falcao, who joined big-spending Monaco.

Hulk was heavily linked with a switch to Chelsea last summer but the west London outfit failed to agree on a transfer fee with the player's former club Porto. The 26-year-old eventually moved to Russia in a big-money move.


However, Hulk has endured a difficult season with Zenit, falling out of favour with the supporters and causing issues in the dressing room due to his high wages. The striker was also the target of racial abuse by the club's fans and received a life threat as well.

Zenit are now understood to be ready to sell Hulk and cut their losses. The report claims Mourinho and Chelsea are keen to capitalise on this situation and have already lodged a £35m offer for the versatile Brazil international, who can operate as a centre forward or on the flanks.

The Blues are also interested in Napoli striker Edinson Cavani but are facing tough competition from Manchester City for the Uruguayan's services.

Meanwhile, Mourinho has assured the Chelsea supporters he is planning a lengthy stay at Stamford Bridge this time.

The 50-year-old, who led the Blues to two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007, was appointed the west London outfit's manager for a second time earlier this week.

"I am so happy to be back, I am where I want to be and where people really want me to be. I have a big emotional connection with the club, I have got a very young team in my hands with a lot of very young talented players, it's time to develop the players. The players need stability and I am in Chelsea to give that stability to the team and players, and I am going to stay a long time," Mourinho stressed.