Reports have emerged today that Tottenham Hotspur are ready to sell midfielder Paulinho in the upcoming January transfer window. According to the Daily Mirror, his former club Corinthians are leading the race for the 26-year-old.
At just 26 Paulinho has already played for a number of clubs including FC Vilnius, LKS Lodz, Pao de Acucar, Bragantino and Corinthians. It was at Corinthians where Paulinho broke onto the international football scene though, earning his first Brazilian caps and playing 86 league matches for Corinthians, scoring 20 times.
His good midfield showings for Corinthians attracted the interest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs with Tottenham Hotspur winning the race to his signature in July 2013 for £17m. Paulinho came as one of the group of players bought with the Gareth Bale transfer money but failed to impress, despite 30 appearances out of 38 in the Premier League last season. He played 37 times in all competitions but since Mauricio Pochettino took the helm this summer, Paulinho has been deemed surplus to requirements.
Paulinho has failed to start in the Premier League in 2014/15 and his White Hart Lane wages cost around £70,000-per-week. It is understood Tottenham are willing to move him on should a deal be found and now Corinthians are ready to swoop to return him to Brazil. The club’s sporting director said: “The door is open for Paulinho as he is still very popular here. I don’t think the financial package would be an issue.”
Tottenham fans, would you be happy seeing the 32 time capped Brazilian leave London in January?