Paulinho has confirmed that he has received an offer to join English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
The defensive midfielder is currently away on international duty with Brazil at the Confederations Cup added that he’ll make a decision after the tournament.
After missing out on Brazil’s 4-2 victory over Italy due to injury, after the match he said: “There is an official offer from Tottenham to Corinthians.
“But, as I did when there was an Inter Milan offer, I’ll sit and decide with my family before I make any decision.”
Corinthians and Tottenham have reportedly agreed a fee of £17million, which matches Paulinho’s release clause.
Despite his relatively young age, Paulinho has European experience, however at two league’s that can’t compare with the Premier League. If you hadn’t followed Paulinho’s career you wouldn’t be able to guess the two European sides he has played for.
Lithuanian side FC Vilnius and LKS Lodz of Poland have both owned the services of the 24-year-old and it’s safe to say he has improved since then.
Paulinho has 14 caps for Brazil and recently scored against England in a 2-2 draw.
Although Tottenham are clear favourites to sign the midfielder they face stiff competition from a couple of European giants.
Inter have already bid for Paulinho (which he admitted in the same interview where he confirmed Spurs’ bid) whilst Chelsea are reportedly also interested in his signature.
Despite an awful few years, Inter still have a massive pull for players across the world, especially South American’s. New Inter manager Walter Mazzarri wasn’t in charge when Inter first submitted their interest in the player and it is yet to be seen whether he will continue the pursuit of Paulinho.
Spurs are worried that their London rivals will edge them out of the race for Paulinho, with Champions League football something they can’t offer.
Chelsea are well aware of Paulinho having lost to his Corinthians side in the Club World Championship final in 2012. A side from Andre Schurrle, Chelsea have missed out on their main targets and have to alter their wish list.
Spurs have history on losing out on players to one of the closest rivals, with Oscar and Edin Hazard both recently favouring Stamford Bridge over White Hart Lane.
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