Chelsea have been given a boost in the race to sign Zenit forward Hulk after an agent claimed he is ready to move to the Premier League at the end of the season.

Hulk has been a long time target for the Blues, with the club’s last two managers both keen on trying to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho is the latest to try, amid talk that the Brazilian has grown frustrated with life in Russia, and an agent linked to the player has given the green light to the move.

Shandor Varga told the Izvestia newspaper that Hulk is ready to push for a transfer away when the window re-opens, with English his most likely destination.

‘Despite the huge transfer fee required to sign Hulk, don’t rule out that he will move to one of the top clubs in Europe this summer,’ Varga said.