Tottenham midfielder Paulinho is attracting interest from the elite clubs across Europe which includes Real Madrid, Chelsea, and AC Milan. The Brazilian schemer is unhappy with Tim Sherwood’s squad rotation and is in search for regular playing time.
Brazil’s Confederation Cup hero Paulinho arrived at White Hart Lane last summer as part of major summer upheavel at the North London club. Tottenham Hotspur had reshaped the squad after the sale of Gareth Bale, and Paulinho was key to Andre Villas Boas’ plans. AVB’s sacking in December, and an injury paved the way for some heavy squad rotations later. Tim Sherwood’s methods didn’t go down well with the Brazil international who made his discontent public.
“I understand the team rotation, because that’s how it works here, but I am not feeling well or comfortable. I want to be present, I want to play.”
These comments gave the impression that the Box-to-Box midfielder might be willing to make a move away from Tottenham Hotspur just a year after his arrival. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea are looking to add missing pieces in his jigsaw. Paulinho’s industry and endless energy in the middle of the park has attracted the Portugese manager. Brazilians generally takes a while to adapt to the demands of physical Premier League, considering that Paulinho’s 7 goals in 35 appearances for Tottenham looks a decent return.
With the FIFA World Cup looming large over the transfer market and Paulinho is expected to play a key role in Brazil’s party, his market value might sky rocket in the summer. If he is available in the transfer market, Chelsea would like to close the deal before the marquee event. Paulinho shares the same player agent as Chelsea’s Brazilian counterparts David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires which adds to further speculations. North Londoners reported interest in young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku might make it easier for Chelsea to engage in a transfer negotiation with stubborn Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
Paulinho to Chelsea might not happen easily even if Tottenham decides to cash in on the summer recruit. European giants Real Madrid and AC Milan are big admirers of the Brazilian and will be waiting to pounce upon him on a cut price deal before the World Cup. Tottenham’s£17million summer recruit is turning some heads on in the transfer market.
There is growing uncertainty over the managerial position at Tottenham Hotspur. With the picture unclear over Tim Sherwood, Paulinho might be ready to wait for a while to know his future at North London. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has an acute business acumen and he is likely to keep his cards close to his pocket to get the best out of the present situation. Can a managerial change persuade Paulinho to stay at Tottenham for another season?