Paulinho reveals Spurs have made an official offer to Corinthians.
Long-term Tottenham Hotspur target Paulinho has revealed that the north London club have made a bid to Corinthians for him.
It was reported on Saturday that the 24-year-old was edging nearer to a move but has now confirmed as such to the media.
Speaking after Brazil’s 4-2 victory over Italy at the Confederations Cup the midfielder admitted Spurs have submitted a bid.
“There is an official offer from Tottenham to Corinthians,” Paulinho was quoted on BBC Sport.
“But, as I did when there was an Inter Milan offer, I’ll sit and decide with my family before I make any decision.
“I will only do it after the Confederations Cup because it’s hard to deal with all these things.”
The fee Andre Villas-Boas will have to pay for the midfielder is thought to be around £17m, with Paulinho’s reputation rising quickly.
So far the Spurs target has played 15 times for his country scoring four goals – including one in the current tournament against Japan and a well taken volley earlier in June vs England.
AVB has been an admirer of the Brazilian for some time, with the Corinthians man having the ability to break up the play in the centre of the park as well as getting forward and causing an attacking threat.
The former Chelsea boss is keen to improve his squad this summer following the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League in 2012/13 by one point to rivals Arsenal.
As a result players such as Paulinho will be brought in to hopefully inject some international quality immediately.