They have also reopened talks with Porto over their long standing interest in forward Hulk.
Chelsea used the Champions League trip to Portugal to hold further talks with Benfica’s bitter rivals with a view to agreeing a fee for the Brazil player.
Both clubs are haggling over the big money summer move for Hulk
who has an £85million release clause written into his contract.
Its obvious that Chelsea did not learn lessons about players and their value after the Torres affair.
How do you get your investment back in 5 years when you spend £85 million on a player?
That’s a whopping £17 million plus wages Chelsea would need to recoup each year.
You could buy all but the top six Premiership teams for that sort of money.
Dark clouds still hang over the Premiership as long as clubs are prepared to pay these sums for players.
Born …25 July 1986
Place of Birth …Campina Grande, Brazil
Position …Forward (Centre)
National Team …Brazil
Club …Porto, Liga Sagres
Hulk was born in Campina Grande, Paraíba. After turning professional with Esporte Clube Vitória in Brazil, he emigrated to Japan.
There, he played in three clubs in quick succession: Kawasaki Frontale, Consadole Sapporo, and Tokyo Verdy 1969, racking up an impressive goals-to-games ratio, especially at the latter.
After his stay in Japan, Hulk moved to Portugal to play for defending champions F.C. Porto.