The Paulinho transfer saga seemed to take a decisive twist last night with a set of quotes from the player saying he was keen to play for Tottenham Hotspur.
"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,” he said.
"I couldn't turn them down if they made me an offer. It would be a fantastic opportunity to play for Tottenham."
All the major UK papers ran with the quotes, and even if they seem a little odd – Paulinho also said recently that he had received an offer from Spurs, whilst above he suggests he is still waiting – it does seem to be an indication that the Brazilian midfielder will complete a move to White Hart Lane after the Confederations Cup ends this week. A fee of £15million plus £2million in potential add-ons has been agreed with Corinthians.
Brad Friedel has said he hopes to keep playing as long as his body allows him, and that he is happy to stay at Spurs even as second fiddle to Hugo Lloris. The 42-year-old keeper had his record breaking run of 301 consecutive Premier League starts ended when the French keeper arrived last season, and could have moved on in January to gain first team football elsewhere, but opted to stay at Spurs, where he recently extended his contract until 2014.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has again indicated his club would not shy away from a world record bid for Gareth Bale by suggesting great players pay for themselves. Real Madrid are reportedly considering breaking the £80million record they set when the bought Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.
However Spurs have made it clear they do not want to sell Bale, and there could be a significant positive development this week if Real Madrid complete a move for Malaga attacking midfielder Isco, something that could cool their interest in Bale. The Spanish side are keen to make a big signing to rival Barcelona’s capture of Neymar, and bringing in Isco, perhaps along with either Edinson Cavani or Luis Suarez this summer, would likely see them postpone a move for Bale until next summer.
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