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Report: Chelsea agrees to Hulk deal

Hulk of FC Porto celebrates scoring a goal
The 25-year-old Brazilian forward joined FC Porto in 2008.
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In a move that could leave its Barclays Premier League rivals green with envy, Chelsea reportedly has agreed a £38 million (US $58 million) fee for Porto striker Hulk.

The incredible deal is ready to be closed, The Guardian reported late Thursday, with directors from both clubs needing merely to sign the paperwork.

The 25-year-old Brazil international's personal terms are not expected to pose any problems, nor is a required medical.

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Earlier reports suggested potential suitors would need to pay as much as €100 million (US $123 million) to get Porto to agree to a release but that figure was thought to have been quickly discounted down by Chelsea.

Hulk, as he is commonly known in the soccer world, was given the nickname because of his resemblance to actor Lou Ferrigno, who played green-skinned action character The Incredible Hulk in the US TV series.

The right winger, whose real name is Givanildo Vieira de Souza, also can operate as a striker and has been coveted by many big-name European clubs.

The potential marquee signing comes soon after the recent European Champions League winner agreed a £32 million deal for Lille attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, beating off competition from Manchester United and Manchester City.

Nonetheless, Chelsea is still without a permanent manager, with the future of interim boss Roberto Di Matteo unclear, and already has dispensed with the services of star striker Didier Drogba, defender Jose Bosingwa and attacker Salomon Kalou.

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