Tottenham Hotspur close to completing deal to bring Brazil midfielder to White Hart Lane.
Tottenham Hotspur are set to complete a £17 million deal for Corinthians midfielder Paulinho next week, according to the BBC.
The Brazil international will enter talks with Spurs after the conclusion of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, where his team have reached the final in their home country.
The Selecao will face Spain in the showpiece contest at the world famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, and with Paulinho having contributed two goals in his three appearances during that run, he has played a major role.
Paulinho would be a sensational signing for Tottenham.
The dynamic Brazilian is a modern version of the box to box midfielder, capable of shielding the back four, transitioning defence into attack, and even finishing off chances.
His high work rate, robust frame and ability to ride a tackle each make success in the more physical Premier League all the more likely, and Paulinho could play a number of roles in an energetic Spurs midfield three next season alongside compatriot Sandro and Belgian star Moussa Dembele.
Paulinho’s signing is the first under new Tottenham Hotspur technical director Franco Baldini, and the £17m fee will break the club’s previous transfer record of £16.75m spent on Luka Modric.