Hulk to Chelsea: Brazilian Star Will Excel with Champions League Winners

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2012

PORTO, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 19:  Hulk of FC Porto celebrates scoring a goal during the Portuguese Primeira Liga match between FC Porto and Gil Vicente FC held on August 19, 2011 at the Dragao Stadium in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Bruno Pires/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made it abundantly clear that one Champions League title isn't enough. The Blues are set to bring in Porto sensation Hulk, who should have no trouble fitting in with one of Europe's top clubs.

David Hytner of The Guardian reports the two sides have agreed to a £38 million transfer fee with just contract terms—which aren't expected to become an issue—left to sort out. It's further proof the Blues are willing to spend big money to keep pace with the other Premier League powerhouses.

It's the second big move of the offseason for the club, already having secured a major deal with Lille for Eden Hazard. The combination of Hulk and Hazard should provide Chelsea with the offensive firepower it lacked for most of last season before a late charge.

The 25-year-old Brazilian has taken his game to a whole new level over the past two seasons. He totaled 57 goals and 36 assists during that span, making him one of the most versatile attacking players in Portgual's top league.

As his name would suggest, his build often makes him look like a man amongst boys on the pitch. He uses that strength advantage to create space in scoring areas and uses his tremendously powerful shot to leave goalkeepers without a chance.

He should have no problem making the transition to Chelsea, which watched legendary striker Didier Drogba end his career with the club on a high note. Hulk is bringing brought in to replace him, a high honor if there ever was one.

Between Hulk, Hazard and Fernando Torres, who enjoyed a late-season resurgence that included glimpses of his former self, the Blues' attack should be one of the most dangerous in the EPL. All three players are capable of big things when in form.

But it's Hulk that should really flourish.

He will be playing with the best supporting cast of his club career. That should bring the best out of him while also making sure he has a lot of space to generate scoring chances.

Give credit to Chelsea for making bold moves while other teams are still feeling out the market. Players like Hulk don't come around often, so the Blues were wise to jump at the opportunity to land him, even though they had to pay a hefty price.

Based on his play in recent seasons, Hulk will earn every last penny of the deal.