Reports that the signing of Brazilian international Paulinho was a done deal were always going to be met with a hint of cynicism by Spurs supporters and suggestions are emerging today that the transfer has hit problems.
Those issues are said to be caused by Real Madrid – that team with whom we have a special relationship. The imminent arrival of Carlo Ancelotti is set to herald a spending spree and Paulinho is claimed as a prime target.
It had been reported that Tottenham had agreed a fee of £17m with Corinthians for the player’s services but a request to delay the transfer could end up playing into Real’s hands. Paulinho’s current club want to put back the switch by a further three weeks to allow participation in the domestic Recopa Sudamericana.
Meanwhile, the indication is that the Spanish side are set to gazump Spurs with a bid of £20m in an attempt to lure the 24 year old over into La Liga.
Makes you wonder what the Special Arrangement entails, particularly when you consider these public comments, made previously, by Zinedine Zidane.
‘I think Real Madrid have made their admiration of Gareth Bale very clear – and it has been made clear that we would not be put off by the cost of the player,’ Zidane told the Sunday People.
‘But if Gareth feels now is the time to move then he has to have a private discussion with his club and express that he wants to leave.’
However, the signing of Paulinho may just be an acceptance that Bale is going nowhere but as always, only time will tell.