Brazilian midfielder Paulinho looks set to become Tottenham Hotspur’s first signing this summer, with reports that Corinthians have accepted an offer of £15million plus £2million in potential add ons for the 24-year-old.
Paulinho is currently in action at the Confederations Cup, and will not complete the formalities of the move or sign a contract until after the tournament finishes at the end of June, but a four year deal with a one year option to extend is expected to be agreed.
The powerful midfielder will most likely become part of a rejigged 4-3-3 system at Spurs, with Mousa Dembele and his compatriot Sandro playing alongside Paulinho behind an attacking trio.
Finding players to bolster that front-line is now likely to be Spurs priority this summer, Bu Andre Villas-Boas has apparently ruled out moves for either Jackson Martinez or Bernard.
Speculation that Spurs might consider a move for the Porto striker was flatly denied by Villas-Boas, whilst he said that although the club were monitoring Bernard, he did not expect them to make a move for the Brazilian youngster this summer.
Porto are now the favourites to sign Bernard, although any deal will have to wait until after the Copa Libertadores finals in July, with the winger’s side Atletico Mineiro through to the semi-finals and current favourites to win the tournament.
The agent of another of Spurs’ targets, David Villa, has indicated that Fiorentina are also interested in the player. Fiorentina could have an advantage in the race for the Spanish international, as they have Eduardo Macia as their technical director, who previously worked with Villa’s agent Victor Onate at Valencia.
In terms of their current forwards, Gareth Bale will apparently not be sold this summer even if Spurs have to turn down a world record bid for the Welshman. Villas-Boas recently said he had been assured Bale would not be sold this summer, and Daniel Levy has reportedly confided to friends that even a bid of £100million would not persuade him to let Bale leave.
Real Madrid, Manchester United and PSG are all rumoured to be interested in breaking the £80million world transfer record for Bale this summer.
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