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Paulinho set for Tottenham exit; Brazil return on the cards?

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Tottenham midfielder Paulinho could be set for a return to Brazil and former side Corinthians, according to the London Evening Standard.

The £16 million signing has struggled ever since his arrival in 2012, and with his chances of featuring for Tottenham in their big games dimming by the week, the Brazilian international could return to his native country on loan in January.

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FIFA rulings

Given the fee Spurs paid Corinthians for the midfielder, it is unlikely the move could be made permanent unless Daniel Levy is willing to take a big loss. The gradual elimination of third party ownership by FIFA will reduce the buying power of clubs in many countries where the strategy is prominent, including Brazil.

Paulinho was seen as a coup for the north London club, but has failed to impress under all three of his Spurs managers and with less than half an hour of league football this season the 26-year-old is clearly out of favour with Mauricio Pochettino.


The Sao-Paulo born player has struggled to impose himself in the more physical, higher paced Premier League and has not found a role in the team.

Midfield Competition

Undoubtedly the number of arrivals that accompanied Paulinho did not help, but with plenty of options in midfield Pochettino needs to remove those who he judges are not going to make the grade.

Fellow Brazilian Sandro has already departed, and Lewis Holtby appears set to turn his loan move to Hamburg into a permanent move. With Paulinho failing behind Ryan Mason as well as others in the pecking order, his sale seems inevitable.

Despite scoring eight times in all competitions last season, Paulinho offers little else. His passing is simple and unimaginative, his tackling can be poor, he is not strong in aerial duels and his positioning when playing in a deeper position is very poor and stifles Tottenham's play.

Too often he takes the easy option and is often on the fringe on the play, rather than getting stuck in. Paulinho will probably start tomorrow night in the Europa League but with Pochettino keen to give young players a chance it is reputation alone that is getting him match time. A move away would appear to be the best solution for all parties.

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