Spurs fans patiently await conformation of the arrival of Paulinho after the player claimed that the transfer to Spurs was a ‘done deal’. It’s an anxious time for the most cynical of us and while we continue to check the news feeds for official word from the club, it seems that the hunt for two further Brazilians is all but over.
Paulinho’s compatriot Bernard had been the subject of much media speculation in recent weeks and his price seemed to go up as soon as his name was mentioned. The midfielder had impressed in the national squad, and with his Atletico Mineiro club but after suggesting that Spurs were in pole position for his signature, the player’s agent now claims that we’ve been priced out of the deal.
“The negotiations with Dortmund and Tottenham have cooled due to Bernard’s high asking price and he won’t go to any of these clubs,” said Adriano Spadoto.
So Bernard may well be out of the running and it looks as though the interest in Leandro Damiao could finally be at an end. Last week, the unlikely destination of Southampton became a possibility but a more realistic suggestion appeared yesterday with claims that Leandro was going nowhere after his Corinthians club scooped more than 20 million Euros from the combined sales of Fred and Rodrigo Meledo.
So for the moment, Paulinho is the only name in the frame and those that are excited by the prospect of his arrival can do no more than check the news feeds and wait…