Tottenham Hotspur are considering using Chelsea's interest in Paulinho to pursue a deal for top transfer target Paulinho this summer, according to The Telegraph.
Paulinho has emerged as a shock target for Chelsea in the last 24 hours thanks to growing unrest over a disappointing first Premier League season at White Hart Lane, with Spurs reportedly ready to use the Brazilian international as a makeweight in a blockbuster deal for Lukaku.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is on the hunt for a star striker to lead the line next season and doesn't believe Lukaku can fit the bill, despite the Belgian powerhouse scoring 14 goals in all competitions this term in a productive loan spell with Everton.
Spurs are desperate to land Lukaku and will consider the merits of taking a hit on the £17m spent to land Paulinho in order to make that happen, if Chelsea make their interest in the South American star concrete.
Paulinho joined Spurs with a reputation as box-to-box operator with a clinical edge in the final third akin to Chelsea star Frank Lampard, but has scored just five times in 28 Premier League appearances.
The 25-year-old's struggles have not stopped Mourinho keeping a close watch on his situation though, with Chelsea gaining an upper hand on other interested clubs in Serie A because they have something Spurs want in Lukaku.
Roma and AC Milan are also both plotting a move to end Paulinho's Premier League nightmare with a move to Serie A, but Chelsea look like having the upper hand in a transfer fight that could still be dependant on who is Spurs manager next season.