For the past week the media has been reporting that the Brazilain midfielder, Paulinho, is set to sign for Tottenham as Andre Villas-Boas looks to strengthen his team ahead of the start of the Premier League season next month. Yesterday the player offered a note of caution saying that a decision will be made after the Confederations Cup competition.
Newspapers and radio have been feeding us with the information that the transfer of Paulinho to Tottenham is all but complete. In his commentary for BBC who are covering the Confederations Cup in Brazil, Jonathan Pearce reported that Paulinho was absent from the Brazil team for their match with Italy due to an ankle injury and added that he is ‘on his way to Tottenham’.
Earlier in the week a Corinthians Director, was quoted in the Daily Mail,
“We know Tottenham have an interest. We are waiting for the next few days to talk about official and concrete facts. Of course offers will come.”
With other clubs interested in Paulinho, Tottenham have been encouraged by the player’s indication that he favoured moving to the Premier League in England.
Paulinho is a defensive midfield player who plays from box to box with the capacity to score goals. His club, Corinthians, confirmed that they had accepted a £17 million offer from Tottenham but in an interview following Brazil’s win over Italy, Paulinho, while acknowledging Spurs’ interest and bid, stated that nothing had been decided and that he would wait until after the conclusion of the Confederations Cup next weekend. In an interview with the BBC, 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. I will only do it after the Confederations Cup because it’s hard to deal with all these things.”
Paulinho whose full name is José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior will be 25 years of age next month and at 6ft tall is a commanding presence on the pitch. A strong competitive player he joined Corinthians in 2010 and has made 161 appearances for the club scoring 34 goals in all competitions. He has played in the FIFA Club World Cup Finals with Corinthians over the past four seasons and was in the team which defeated Chelsea in last December’s Final. He has played 15 times for Brazil and scored 4 goals including one against England in the friendly at the beginning of June and he also scored in Brazil’s recent win over Japan.