Brazilian club slap £15 million price tag on industrious midfielder.
Corinthians have slapped a £15 million price tag on Paulinho according to talkSPORT.
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The Brazilian midfielder has reportedly been targeted by Chelsea as a potential replacement for England midfielder Frank Lampard.
Lampard is set to leave the London club after reportedly being told he will not be offered a new contract, despite some impressive performances for the club this season.
His contract is set to expire in June, at which point he would be free to move to any club for no transfer fee.
Corinthians are hoping the £15 million fee will deter Chelsea from making a bid, at least until the end of the season.
If Chelsea do decide to make a move, they mind themselves competing for the player’s signature with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.
The player has caught the eye of a number of top European scouts with some impressive performances for Corinthians. Chelsea are all too aware of the player’s capabilities as he was a key part of the side that defeated the Blues in the Club World Championship in December.
Paulinho is reported to be happy to stay at the club in the short term, but sees his future playing his trade in Europe.
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