Tottenham have completed the signing of the Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho for a fee reputed to be in the region of £17m, breaking their previous highest fee of £16.5m for Luka Modric in 2008.
The announcement of the transfer of Paulinho from Corinthians to Tottenham has been expected for a number of days since the Brazilian bid a fond farewell to the fans in his home country. He indicated that he was coming to England to play for Tottenham and the officials at Corinthians confirmed that but Spurs have remained silent until now. Paulinho completed his medical at Tottenham on Friday and signed his contract.The month of June was a busy time for Paulinho as he was on international duty with Brazil. He scored Brazil’s second goal against England in the friendly at the beginning of the month and then played in the Confederations Cup where he helped Brazil defeat Spain in the Final last Sunday. He scored two goals in that competition, against Japan in the group stages and the late winner which knocked Uruguay out in the semi-finals.
With his attention taken up with playing for Brazil Paulinho didn’t want to make any decision on his future until the conclusion of the tournament although there were clear indications of where his thinking was taking him. The Daily Mail reported Paulinho’s comments at the end of last month.
“It’s a great pleasure to be linked to such a great club like Tottenham. They have a reputation as one of the great clubs in England who play exciting, attacking football which suits my style. I couldn’t turn them down if they made it made me an offer. It would be a great pleasure to play for Tottenham.’
With the Confederations Cup behind him, he quickly made it clear that he was set for north London and Tottenham. In a tearful press conference on Monday evening, he said his goodbyes to Corinthians and their supporters.Paulinho said,
“This is a very hard moment for me, I have had 3 great years at Corinthians, but now it’s time to go to.”
Paulinho’s comments were immediately reported on Twitter and in the following day’s media. Today’s medical brings an end to the waiting and Tottenham have completed their first signing of the summer.
The 24-year-old Paulinho will be a great asset for Andre Villas-Boas in midfield. Paulinho along with his Brazilian compatriot Sandro and Mousa Dembele will give Tottenham one of the best central midfield partnerships in the Premier League. They have pace, athleticism, height, strength with an eye for goal which few clubs will be able to match. Sandro is confident that Paulinho will be a success at Tottenham. He told Globo Esporte,
Sandro told Globo Esporte: "I think he has what it takes to do well here. This is a club with a great structure." #COYS
— Talking THFC™ (@TalkingTHFC) July 3, 2013
Paulinho’s remark on his move to Tottenham appeared on Twitter.
"I am moving from one big club to Tottenham. I am sure I will perform my job to the best of my ability. I don't regret and I won't regret it
— SpursBasic™ (@Spursbasic) July 3, 2013