Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Paulinho is set to leave Corinthians, according to the club’s president.
Mario Gobhi Filho has revealed that the 24-year-old is poised to make an ‘imminent exit’ from the Pacaembu, with both Spurs and Real Madrid linked with the player.
And, with Paulinho himself revealing that speculation over an offer from Los Blancos is untrue, it appears that Andre Villas-Boas is in pole position to land the former FC Vilnius starlet – who scored the winner for Brazil in their 2-1 Confederations Cup semi-final victory over Uruguay last night.
"Besides the signings we also suffered harassment of the top clubs in the world on some of our key players," read a statement from Gobbi Filho.
"We make every effort to keep them, but we have to evaluate the good proposals and understand the goals and aspirations of life of each of our athletes.
"With the imminent departure of Paulinho we trust in football other players that are being prepared for some time, as William and Edenilson, or even the newly hired Ibson."
Tottenham Hotspur have had an offer accepted for the player, according to Sky Sports, after meeting the €20million minimum fee release clause in Paulinho's contract.
And, the 16-cap international would link-up with compatriot Sandro on arrival at White Hart Lane, as well as providing competition alongside the likes of Scott Parker and Moussa Dembele in north London.
The deal isn't done between all parties just yet though, with Paulinho keeping his cards close to his chest when asked whether a goal was scored by a player from either Tottenham Hotspur or Corinthians.
"This goal was scored by the Paulinho that plays for Corinthians," he concluded, keeping his cards close to the chest for now at least.