Brazilian midfielder Paulinho has expressed his delight at the prospect of joining a club like Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.
It was earlier reported that Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a £17 million fee for Brazilian midfielder Paulinho with Corinthians. Spurs faced competition from Inter and Shakhtar Donetsk but their bid matched the release clause in his contract. The London club will pay £15 million upfront with £2 million as add-ons and has offered a four-year contract to the 24-year-old, who is set to make the final decision on his future after the Confederations Cup. Although none of the club has officially announced the deal, Corinthians director of football, Edu, has earlier confirmed that negotiations are underway.
Corinthians director Duilio Monteiro Alves has now revealed that the club is waiting for Paulinho to return from his international duty, as the club is bounded by the release-clause in his contract they have rely on the Brazilian to make the right decision for his future.
“The buy-out fee is 20 million Euros and Corinthians can’t do anything. We’ll talk with him.
“Paulinho already knows about the offer, we told him.
“He asked to wait until he returns from the national team. When he comes, the final decision will be made.” – Alves told the press.
Meanwhile Paulinho has expressed his delight at the opportunity to play in England with ‘great club’ like Tottenham Hotspur. The 24-year-old insisted that Spurs’ attacking style of play suits his game and that it would be difficult to turn down their offer.
“I feel I am ready to experience football at the highest level in Europe and the opportunity to play in England is a dream.
“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 me an offer. It would be a fantastic opportunity to play for Tottenham.” – The Tottenham Hotspur target was quoted in press.
Paulinho will be a brilliant addition to the squad. He is a versatile midfielder, who plays in the role of a box-to-box midfielder. It will be interesting to see, whether he will be a regular started under Andre Villas Boas as Dembele plays in the same role.