So Paulinho is expected to sign for Spurs within the next business day or two but will the 24 year old Brazilian be the last summer arrival as far as midfield players as concerned? The Press are adamant today that further reinforcements will arrive and challenge for already oversubscribed berths across the middle but how much truth is behind any of the rumours?
All of the names have appeared before and the first is that of Miralem Pjanic, the 23 year old Bosnian. The link has possibly been reinforced by the arrival of Franco Baldini at White Hart Lane and our technical director will have prior knowledge of the player from their time spent with Roma but with Paulinho’s arrival, claims of a £20m spend on another attacking midfielder may be wide of the mark.
A more likely rumour surrounds Barcelona reserve striker Gerard Deulofeu who bagged 18 goals for the Barca B Team last season. With no sign of a regular first team slot in La Liga, the 19 year old is said to be keen on a loan deal in order to get some game time at a higher level.
Deulofeu’s arrival might be a welcome one but only if Spurs get a higher profile striker in and don’t play the teenager as third choice behind JD and Ade.