Chelsea confident ofcompleting deal forTottenham star Paulinho

Chelsea confident ofcompleting deal forTottenham star Paulinho

The Blues are yet to make contact
with Spurs to negotiate for the out-
of-favour Brazilian midfielder but are
expected to push through a move
after the World Cup is complete
By Greg Stobart
Tottenham midfielder Paulinho
wants to leave the club after the
World Cup and is confident of
completing a summer move to
The Blues are yet to make contact
with Spurs over any deal for the
Brazilian but they have identified
the midfielder as a prime target
ahead of the summer transfer
The 25-year-old is also attracting
interest from abroad, particularly
Italy, but would favour a move to
Chelsea, where Jose Mourinho is
believed to consider him as a
potential long-term replacement for
Frank Lampard.
Paulinho is valued for his tactical
and goalscoring qualities but has
struggled to settle at Spurs following
his £17 million move to north
London from Corinthians last
summer as part of the club's £100m-
plus spending spree.
Spurs would demand at least £20m
to sell the box-to-box midfielder just
a year after he arrived at White Hart
Lane and his future could be
determined by the identity of the
club's new manager once Tim
Sherwood's departure is confirmed
at the end of the season.
The broker who brought Paulinho to
Spurs has strong ties to Chelsea,
having been involved in deals to
take international team-mates
Willian and Oscar to Stamford
The Blues have made it known
through third parties that they are
preparing an offer for Paulinho after
the World Cup and, while personal
terms should be a formality,
suggestions that a deal has already
been agreed are wide of the mark.
Much could depend on how Paulinho
performs at the World Cup, where is
he expected to keep his place in
Luis Felipe Scolari's first-choice
starting line-up for the tournament
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has
a very frosty relationship with
Chelsea chiefs. They fell out over the
Blues' attempts to sign Luka Modric
in 2011 and again last summer when
Willian moved to Stamford Bridge
despite completing a medical with
Sources have told Goal that the
members of the two boardrooms
barely acknowledge each other when
the two teams meet and Levy did
not attend Chelsea's 4-0 home
victory over Tottenham in March.
Paulinho has publicly admitted his
frustration with his first season in
the Premier League and is believed
to have felt let down by Tottenham’s
decision to sack Andre Villas-Boas in
December and was also told that the
club would keep Gareth Bale, who
moved to Real Madrid in August for
a world-record £86m fee.
He initially found himself out of the
side under Sherwood, who was
privately scathing about Paulinho's
poor attitude in training after the
managerial change.
The Brazilian is said to have
"completely downed tools" by
sources at the club and found
himself out of the side as Sherwood
felt that he could not trust him to
follow instructions.
Paulinho said in April: "I understand
the team rotation because that’s
how it works here but I am not
feeling well or comfortable. I want to
be present, I want to play."
The Sao Paulo-born midfielder has
made 36 appearances for Spurs in all
competitions this season, scoring
seven goals.

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