So Spurs seem to be closing in on their first transfer deal of the summer although many of us remain sceptical over Paulinho and the prospect of a move being hijacked in the next few days. The player himself has come out and said that he cannot turn us down – words that we were used to hearing 20-30 years ago but less so in the modern age of Champions League football.
“To play in England for a great team like Tottenham is a dream. What I respect about Tottenham is the ambition they have shown,” the player is quoted as saying.
“This summer there has been interest in their coach and their best player – and they have been clear they both are not going anywhere. When my agent made me aware that Tottenham were interested, I knew it would not be a move that I could turn down.”
Meanwhile, the Brazilian international has been talked up by former Arsenal player and current Corinthians Director of Football Edu who is clearly describing a player of exceptional class.
“Paulinho is, what I really want to say, a really professional guy. Very focused in training, in the match,” Edu told BBC Sport.
“Scores so many goals, it’s quite strange to see his number because he’s a midfielder. He scores so many goals – important goals.
“As a player he is box-to-box, easily. It is very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.”
What a talent this guy is but can we accept that the move is reality or is a late twist in prospect with the transfer window set to open?