Chelsea midfield target Paulinho has revealed that he rejected the chance to move to Inter Milan after discussions with his family.
The Brazilian international has been heavily linked with a move away from Corinthians, with AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain also reportedly interested in the tough-tackling 24-year-old.
It’s Inter who made the first move ahead of Chelsea however, with Paulinho admitting he felt ‘shaken’ by the offer from the San Siro, but compelled to stay after the club fought to keep him in Brazil.
"There's been a lot of speculation and many lies. When there was a proposal I spoke openly," he told ESPN Brasil, according to Sky Sports.
"I sat with my wife and showed her the proposal from Inter Milan. I actually felt shaken by the proposal, but the Corinthians board did everything they could to keep me.
"That surprised me, and affected my decision. There are times when you have to think about money, and other times you have to give up of that to favour of your career."
The Daily Mail reported a fortnight ago that Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo had been issued a hands-off warning by Corinthians, with club president Mario Gobbi Filho eager to keep the £9 million-rated player on their books in South America and out of the grasp of the west London outfit.
However, confirmed interest from the Serie ‘A’ giants could lead Chelsea to believe that the player is available, with Di Matteo eager to add Paulinho as competition for John Obi-Mikel and compatriot Ramires at Stamford Bridge.