Brazil star confirms Tottenham move
Tottenham news: Brazil international Paulinho has announced he will leave Corinthians for Spurs
Just 24 hours after helping Brazil to Confederations Cup glory in Rio's Maracana stadium, Corinthians midfielder Paulinho has confirmed he will be leaving the Club World Champions this summer in order to join Tottenham.
Corinthians' Director Roberto de Andrade confirmed that Paulinho would be on his way to England after thanking the 24-year-old for all his efforts with the club.
"I want to thank Paulinho for everything he has done for Corinthians," he told reporters. "We will never forget him - the great person he is - and his national team title (the Confederations Cup with Brazil) is well-deserved.
"Corinthians are proud for having had a player like him. It's fair he continues his life at an English club, to know a new culture."
The player himself then gave an emotional press conference confirming his move away from Pacaembu, during which the Confederations Cup-winning midfielder shed tears, which illustrated just what the club, whom he had been a member of since 2010, meant to him.
Paulinho told an audience of Corinthians club members and associated press: "This is a very hard moment for me. I have had three great years at Corinthians, but now it's time to go to Tottenham."
The midfielder who was voted as the third best player at the recently concluded Confederations Cup ended his press conference by thanking Corinthians for all the support and titles they had given the platform to win before informing the club he would "be back in no time" as a result of everything the club had done for him.
Whether this is cause for concern amongst Tottenham supporters we cannot yet be sure with many players often vowing to return to their previous clubs and never actually doing so.
The signing of Paulinho, whilst not yet officially confirmed by Tottenham, is the north London club's first foray into this summer's transfer market, with manager Andre Villas-Boas determined not to miss out on Champions League football yet again following last season's fifth-place finish.
It is rumoured that Daniel Levy's assurance that Villas-Boas would be given sizeable financial backing in the transfer market is one of the key reasons as to why the Portuguese coach rejected the opportunity to manage Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer alongside Gareth Bale staying with the club amidst significant interest from Real Madrid.
So what will Paulinho bring to Tottenham? Well for starters the midfielder will first and foremost add a degree of strength in depth which Tottenham have lacked in most positions for a number of years, with the effects of a small squad being seen when either an injury crisis hits or the African Cup of Nations comes around.
With Scott Parker not Villas-Boas' first choice in the middle of the pitch, there was little surprise last term when Sandro quickly became the main man in Spurs' midfield with the Brazilian putting in performances which would have certainly secured him a space in Luiz Felipe Scolari's Confederations Cup squad had it not been for an injury picked up in January.
Paulinho would almost certainly be placed in a midfield pairing with Sandro by Villas-Boas, with the former Internacional midfielder playing the holding midfield role which Luis Gustavo performed excellently for Brazil this summer.
Paulinho would then play slightly further up and utilise his power when on the ball to create space for Gareth Bale, Lewis Holtby and Aaron Lennon in the areas further up the pitch just as he has done for Brazil this summer with Neymar, Hulk and Oscar.
With Moussa Dembele just ahead of the two Brazilians the Spurs midfield has a very balanced and high in quality look about it ahead of pre-season with Tottenham supporters having a great deal to look forward to, especially with new director of football Franco Baldini looking to make his usual inroads into the transfer market.
It is rumoured the fee for Paulinho is £17m, with the player confirming that both he and his entourage took the time to study Spurs' proposal vigorously before making the final decision to make the move to north London.
"The proposal came in, we sat down, analysed it, and took a decision on it," Pauinho added. "I'm sure that I made a great decision to go to a big club too."
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