It looks certain that the 25-year-old will leave the Portuguese club this summer and effectively issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to the Blues admitting that the Premier League were his preferred destination.
The West London club’s hopes of signing the Brazilian international hit a snag last week when it emerged that mega-rich French side Paris Saint Germain had been in contact with Hulk’s agent and were willing to pay £43m to capture his signature.
However it now looks as if he is on his way to Stamford Bridge after Abramovich gave the transfer his seal of approval, seeing him as the ideal replacement for Didier Drogba.
The Russian oligarch is also rumoured to have told striker Daniel Sturridge he is free to leave the club after it emerged an improved offer for Wigan star Victor Moses is being prepared.
Latics chairman Dave Whelan accused Chelsea of ‘taking the mickey’ earlier this week after they submitted a £4m bid for the Nigerian international who looks certain to leave the DW Stadium before the new season begins.
Speculation has also gathered that the European Champions will target Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa strengthening the possibility that Sturridge’s will leave.
Former club Manchester City are said to have made tentative enquires regarding the 22-year-old whilst North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal also hold an interest.
Sturridge was a regular under former boss Andre Villas-Boas but fell out of favour with Roberto Di Matteo during the second half the campaign and blames him for missing out on England’s Euro 2012 squad.
Elsewhere former Chelsea fullback Jose Boswinga looks set to join Inter Milan on a free transfer.