Corinthians have confirmed it, Paulinho has confirmed it, and now Tottenham Hotspur fans just have to wait for their club to tie up the finer points of the deal and announce the £17million capture of the Brazilian midfielder who was voted the third best player at the Confederations Cup.
Last night Paulinho gave an emotional press conference where he announced his imminent departure for Spurs, saying that the only other offer came from inter in the end.
The other interest we got was from Inter Milan but the only offer came from Tottenham," he said. "The proposal came, we sat down, analysed it and decided.
"It was a big decision to go to a big club. There comes a certain point when you need new challenges.”
Spurs are now expected to push on with their pursuit for a new first team striker. There have been rumours that David Villa is close to signing after agreeing personal terms, but the latest speculation sees Spurs linked with a £17million bid for Roberto Soldado.
The 28-year-old Spain international could be sold by Valencia this summer due to financial difficulties, although they might hold out for a higher fee, as Soldado’s release clause is around £26million.
Soldado scored 24 goals in 35 La Liga appearances last season, and is hoping to displace Fernando Torres and David Villa to become first choice striker for Spain ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
The other signings on Spurs’ radar are Croatian youngsters Tin Jevaj and Alen Halilovic, with Dinamo Zagreb close to agreeing a £17million deal for the pair that would see them move to White Hart Lane once they turn 18.
However despite club president Mirko Barisic saying the deal was “all agreed”, their sporting director Zdravko Mamic has said that the transfer has not been finalised, prompting some fears that Arsenal might attempt to hijack the move, having been linked with Jedvaj and Halilovic themselves this summer.
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