Portuguese club FC Porto have warned Chelsea they may be outbid by Paris Saint-Germain for the signature of Brazilian striker Hulk, as the French club are reportedly ready to fork out £43mn for the Brazilian forward, according to a Daily Mail report. The big spending Ligue 1 club, who earlier failed in bids for Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) and Alexandre Pato and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan), have reportedly been in touch with Teodoro Fonseca (Hulk's agent) over a possible deal.
Although earlier speculation (read an earlier IBTimes UK report here) claimed Chelsea were quite close to signing Hulk, the Champions League winners are yet to agree on a fee for the 25 year old forward.
However, Chelsea do have other options in hand, including Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic if in case they fail to land Hulk.
Meanwhile, the Blues have reportedly suspended some of their staff members after they were found guilty of damaging the Champions League trophy.
According to a report in the Mirror, three security personnel damaged one of the handles of the cup while posing for pictures with it. Even though they temporarily managed to fix the cup, the damage was noticed by another staff member, who immediately reported it to senior officials. The Champions League trophy was then immediately sent to a silversmith for repairs.
The Blues have also said the security personnel responsible for the damage did not have authorisation to visit the site as no one had permission to be in the building out of hours. Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has reportedly launched an internal investigation to look into the matter. It is a huge embarrassment to the club, considering the fact it has only been some weeks since the Blues won the trophy.
However, despite the significance of the Champions League trophy, it is understood Chelsea have not gone and locked up the silverware like other clubs. Instead they have been passing it all around Stamford Bridge to acknowledge the hard work.
"The trophy was accidentally damaged while pictures were being taken. It was minor damage and has already been repaired. We don't make comment on staff matters," The Sun quoted a Chelsea spokesperson as saying.