For Tottenham Hotspur fans, this summer’s transfer rumours have taken a on an especially Brazilian flavour, with Corinthian’s midfielder Paulinho - full name Jose Paulo Bezerra Maciel Junior - the latest to be linked with a switch to White Hart Lane.
Perennial target Leandro Damiao has also been mentioned, although there have also been suggestions Spurs have given up on the striker, whilst winger Bernard is perhaps the most exciting of all the names connected with Tottenham so far this summer.
Clearly all rumours have to be taken as just that, rumours, but with Sandro already at the club, could Spurs end up with four Brazilians in their team next season if there is truth behind the current speculation?
If they did, they would need to switch the formation to a 4-3-3, with Paulinho joining Sandro and Mousa Dembele in the centre of midfield. Paulinho is more of a box-to-box midfielder than Sandro, and demonstrated his eye for goal in Brazil’s recent friendly draw with England.
Bernard would play on the left-flank of a three man attack, with Gareth Bale perhaps in line for a switch to the right given his effectiveness at cutting in from that side in the second half of last season.
There are concerns about Bernard’s diminutive stature, but it is worth bearing in mind that current Spurs player Aaron Lennon is almost exactly the same size as the Brazilian youngster.
Finally Damiao would clearly play in the centre of attack, meaning Spurs would have four Brazilians in their front six alongside Bale and Dembele.
This all sounds a little fantastical, and when you look at some of the names that would have to be left out to play this side, including Lewis Holtby, Aaron Lennon, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson, it perhaps indicates that it is unlikely that Spurs are about to sign three young Brazilians.
However any of the three would be fine additions to the club, and add depth in areas of the formation where Spurs lacked options at times last season. Any deals are likely to be conducted after the Confederations Cup at the earliest, and Spurs fans will be paying more attention to that tournament than ever before.
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