Brazilian International Paulinho has revealed that Tottenham has made an offer to sign him but he will make a decision on his future until after the Confederations Cup.
The 24 year old is widely tipped to leave Brazilian side Corinthians this summer with a host of Europe’s top clubs keen on the star.
Spurs are thought to be leading the race for Paulinho but face a battle for his signature with Inter Milan and Chelsea also interested.
Inter Milan have held a long term interest in Paulinho and were reported to be close to signing the player last January while new reports in Brazil have linked Chelsea with a move.
New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is also believed to be chasing his compatriot Luiz Gustavo with Benfica star Nemanja Matic lined up as an alternative should Spurs win the race for Paulinho.
Should Inter and Chelsea pursue their interest they will have to trump Tottenham’s current bid, believed to be in the region of £15 million.
Corinthians director of football Edu confirmed negotiations with Tottenham are at an advanced stage saying “The situation is well underway.
“We have to agree on some details of the negotiation, so I can’t say he will leave yet, but the negotiations are good.”
However speaking after Brazil’s 4-2 win over Italy in the Confederation Cup, Paulinho, who did not play due to an ankle injury, said he would wait before making a decision saying “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.”
“I will only do it after the Confederations Cup because it’s hard to deal with all these things.”
The 15 times capped Paulinho, with 2 goals in his last 4 appearance, is expected to have recovered from an ankle knock to play in the semi-final against Uruguay.
Tottenham are lining up alternatives should the deal fall through with Andre Villas-Boas also believed to be tracking another Brazilian, Atlético Mineiro’s Bernard while Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, a FA Cup winner last season with Wigan is also be monitored.
The club’s search for a striker could also be coming to an end with reports emerging that Caen striker Lenny Nangis is a target for the club.