Chelsea believe Paulinho will sign from Tottenham

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Paulinho is determined to leave Tottenham after the World Cup and is confident he will be allowed to join Chelsea, reports Goal.

Chelsea are yet to make an official move for the Brazilian international but believe they will have few problems convincing him to move to Stamford Bridge.

Club officials have been encouraged by Paulinho's willingness to leave White Hart Lane and Jose Mourinho has made him a primary midfield target as a result.

Paulinho, who was called up to Brazil's World Cup squad earlier this week, is highly valued for his energy but has struggled to settle since his £17m move from Corinthians last summer.

He is one of a number of stars signed in a £100m spending spree that have failed to live up to expectation for Tottenham.

Tottenham will demand to make a profit on Paulinho with a figure of around £20m touted as a starting point for negotiations. There is still a need to keep the squad intact until a new manager takes over from Tim Sherwood.

Paulinho's representative has strong links with Chelsea having brokered the deals that saw Oscar and Willian move to Stamford Bridge in recent times.

Chelsea have made their intention to bid for Paulinho known to third parties and have been encouraged that personal terms will be nothing short of a formality.

One potential problem in negotiations will be Daniel Levy's vendetta against the Chelsea board. Relations are still strained following Chelsea's aggressive pursuit of Luka Modric in 2011.

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