Tottenham Hotspur have possibly made one of the signings of the season with the acquisition of Paulinho from Corinthians for a fee of £17 million.
The dynamic midfielder demonstrated to the world his incredible ability in Brazil’s excellent Confederations Cup triumph this summer. So for Spurs to snap him up truly was one of the coups of the summer; especially considering the apparent interest in his services from across Europe.
The tantalising thought however for Tottenham fans is of combining Paulinho and Sandro together in the heart of midfield, in some way or form.
The pair are perhaps two of the best central midfielders in this current crop of Brazilian players and the thought of pairing them up at Tottenham almost has a Ricky Villa-Ossie Ardiles feel to it.
Sandro is now said to be getting back into action with the hope of being back for Spurs in the Autumn; after his lengthy lay-off with a knee injury that kept him out for the majority of last season.
Prior to that injury Sandro had just managed to force his way into the Brazilian national teams starting line-up … alongside Paulinho.
Now, he will hope that next season provides him with the opportunity to demonstrate to Luiz Felipe Scolari that he has what it takes to start for Selecao in their home World Cup.
But it could be, at least if the rumour mill is to be believed, that all three of Brazil’s main central midfield options will be plying their trade in North London next season.
The fact is that if this man wants to continue being a starter for Brazil a move to Arsenal may be necessary. Luiz Gustavo may have shone recently for Brazil but he has slipped down the pecking order at Bayern Munich this summer; with Pep Guardiola chopping and changing the dynamic of the team.
Arsenal have been linked with taking him on board to strengthen their central midfield options. If Gustavo realistically wants a chance of retaining his place in the Selecao XI he has to play regular football next term.
Gustavo is certainly an excellent player but he is facing a fight at Bayern and should he make the move to Arsenal he will make it a trio of Brazil’s first choice central midfield options playing in the North of London.
And I am all for it. All three are excellent talents and if they feel playing in the Premier League can help them in their pursuit of a place in the national team ahead of Brazil 2014 then, frankly, they are welcome.
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