Hulk in China ahead of Shanghai switch

Brazilian international forward Hulk is in China ahead of his likely move to Shanghai SIPG from Zenit St Petersburg.

The 29-year-old was welcomed at the airport on Wednesday by over 1,000 SIPG fans ahead of the potential €56 million move.

Should the deal happen he will become the Chinese Super League's (CSL) most expensive ever signing. SIPG have confirmed he will undergo medical before the deal is made official. 

Hulk has represented the Brazil national team 48 times, scoring 12 goals. He previously played for Brazilian side Vitória, Japanese side's Kawasaki Frontale, Consadole Sapporo, Tokyo Verdy and Portuguese side Porto before joining Zenit.

Zenit press officer Dmitri Zimmerman told Sport Express they had reached a preliminary agreement with SIPG.

"Zenit have reached a preliminary agreement with Shanghai SIPG concerning the transfer of Hulk, and on Wednesday the player will undergo a medical," said Zimmerman.

"Zenit will receive around €56m, while a further €2m could be added to the total price."

According to media reports, Hulk has agreed on an annual salary of €20m but this is yet to be confirmed by SIPG spokeswoman Yu Chen.

In the pre-season transfer window, CSL clubs spent €270.7m on foreign stars, including several from South America and Europe, with the likes of Ramires, Alex Teixeira, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Jackson Martinez and Gervinho all deciding to ply their trade in China.