If Arsenal, Manchester United or Manchester City are on the hunt for a new central midfielder this summer, they should look no further than Brazil international Paulinho.
The Corinthians player has been linked with a move to Europe after he changed agents and is now represented by Kia Joorabchian. The 24-year-old has been linked to a host of clubs across Europe, including Arsenal and Inter Milan.
Here we analyse why Premier League clubs should move for the Brazilian combative midfielder and what qualities will he bring to his prospective team.
Paulinho is a box-to-box midfielder, who is comfortable in both attack and defence. He is known for his mental and physical strength and aerial ability. His passing range is impressive and, for a deep lying midfielder, his goalscoring ability is impressive. He also has good leadership qualities and has led his side numerous times during the current campaign.
The Brazil international would improve any squad that he joins, but these are the three English clubs that should be fighting for his signature.
Arsenal have been linked with the player and reportedly had a £9m bid rejected last summer. The Gunners would be a great team for the Brazilian and he will add steal to their midfield. He would also provide mental strength and killer instinct currently lacking in the squad. His partnership with Jack Wilshere could become the most dynamic in the league.
Manchester United fans have been crying for a central midfield player for a while now. Paulinho will provide a cutting edge to the midfield that goes missing in big games. His acquisition will also help the team ship out Anderson, who didn’t deliver on his early promise.
Manchester City need a player that can partner Yaya Toure and also fill in for him during his absence. With the Javi Garcia experiment not quite working out and Gareth Barry on the wane, Paulinho could be the ideal player for a title run next year.
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