From the Back Pages, Wednesday April 10: Hulk targeted for Chelsea

JOSE MOURINHO has already drawn up a transfer shopping list for Chelsea – with striker Hulk at the top of it. Mourinho has agreed to go back to Stamford Bridge this summer following talks between his agent Jorge Mendes, and Blues owner Roman Abramovich and his advisers. (Daily Star)

ANDREY ARSHAVIN will go down as one of Arsene Wenger’s worst signings when he leaves the Emirates at the end of the season. The Russian is now approaching the final two months of his contract and Arsenal are happy for him to go on a free. There were even reports he would RETIRE from football — but privately he was shocked at suggestions he would hang up his boots. (The Sun)

TIGER Woods insists Rory McIlroy will be his biggest rival at the golf Masters as he bids to win his first Major in five years. The American snatched the world No.1 spot from the Ulsterman last month and is the red-hot favourite to don his fifth Green Jacket on Sunday. US PGA champ McIlroy, back from his own slump this season, said he cannot yet be compared with a golfing ­superstar who has won 14 Majors. (Daily Mirror)

MANCHESTER UNITED have splashed the cash in a bid to bring Atletico Madrid ace Falcao to Old Trafford. The 27-year-old Colombian striker is one of the hottest properties in European football with Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid all interested in his services. But it appears United are the side in pole position to sign him. Reports from Spanish newspaper Marca suggest that “a down payment has reportedly been made” and that Falcao is “just a step away from United”. (Daily Express)