Brazilians want midfielder to delay White Hart Lane switch by three weeks.
Tottenham’s move to Paulinho has hit a snag because Corinthians want to delay the deal for three weeks, reports the London Evening Standard.
The Brazilian club are keen for the midfielder to help them win the Recopa Sudamericana for the first time.
Paulinho, 24, had been expected to complete a £17m switch to White Hart Lane after the Confederations Cup, which finishes on Sunday.
But Corinthians are hopeful the Selecao international will play in the South American equivalent of the UEFA Super Cup, which takes place on July 3 and 17 against fierce rivals Sao Paulo.
Spurs are keen to tie-up the Paulinho deal as soon as possible, particularly with new Real Madrid head-coach Carlo Ancelotti reportedly interested in the player.
Paulinho said on Monday that he was looking forward to joining the north London outfit, claiming it would be ‘fantastic’ to play for the White Hart Lane outfit.
“I feel I am ready to experience football at the highest level in Europe and the opportunity to play in England is a dream,” Paulinho is quoted as saying by the Independent.
“It’s a great pleasure to be linked to such a great club like Tottenham. They have a reputation as one of the great clubs in England who play exciting, attacking football which suits my style. I couldn’t turn them down if they made me an offer. It would be a fantastic opportunity to play for Tottenham.”