Chelsea lose the Hulk.. it's Falcao or bust now

Zenit seal incredible Hulk, Witsel deals

Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg announced a major double signing on Monday, with Brazilian international attacker Hulk arriving from Portuguese giants Porto and Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel signing from Benfica.

Both players have signed five-year contracts.

Among the clubs who declared an interest in Hulk during the close season were Champions League holders Chelsea.

In fact, the Hulk was seen as the right move for Chelsea to replace Didier Drogba.

Looking over at Liverpool, Chelsea will be wise to have a Plan B, despite Fernando Torres' amazing start. The Hulk would have been ideal.

However, with that gone, a move for Radamel Falcao in January becomes an must-do for the Blues.

The deal for Hulk was the first to be revealed, with Zenit's club site announcing: "Congratulations to all of our supporters, to all of our fans, Hulk joined Zenit."

No financial details of the Hulk deal were disclosed, though Russian daily Sport Express reported, referring to an unnamed Zenit club source, that Zenit would pay Porto around 40 million euros ($50.4m) in several instalments over three years.

However, the player's agent, Teodoro Fonseca, told Portuguese agency Lusa that the fee was 60 million euros.

The 26-year-old, who has won three Portuguese titles and the 2011 Europa League trophy with Porto since joining from the Japanese J League in 2008, has scored five goals in his 14 international appearances.

The Russian giants later signed Belgian international midfielder Witsel for a confirmed 40 million euros from Porto's bitter domestic rivals Benfica.

The 23-year-old had joined Benfica from Standard Liege in July 2011 for 8 million euros.


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