Spanish newspaper AS has reported Tottenham midfielder Paulinho as top of Real Madrid’s shopping list for next year.
The Brazilian midfielder only signed for the North London club this summer and AS has run a small report suggesting he remains a target for the club as a replacement for Xabi Alonso, unlikely to stay at the Bernabeu and a player in a similar position.
However, don’t worry Tottenham fans because there are so many things wrong with this small story that it’s difficult to know where to begin.
The small report points back to English newspaper, the Metro, suggesting the idea has been created in the British press which is difficult to understand because there is no Metro report of any kind suggesting Paulinho will leave Spurs after a single season.
The likeliest scenario is that someone at AS has spotted a mention about Paulinho in a report about Chelsea’s Ramires, published earlier this week, which touches on Real Madrid’s previous interest in Tottenham’s player.
However, if that's the case, it's ridiculous because the Metro report is about clear interest and a mentioned fee about another player.
Secondly, Paulinho has settled into the Tottenham side well and looks as though he’s going to be a key figure over the next few seasons for a club.
He’s the most effective holding midfielder Tottenham have and someone who has adapted to English football very well. It’s difficult to see where any desire to leave the Premier League after such a short season is going to come from.
Then there’s the recent history between the two clubs with Tottenham unlikely to do another deal with Real Madrid for one of their best players so shortly after the Gareth Bale deal went through.
Daniel Levy is unlikely to want to go anywhere near Real Madrid for the foreseeable future, especially after the Spanish side sold Mesut Ozil to Arsenal following that Bale transfer.
You also have to take in the context surrounding AS as a news source because they are a very pro-Real Madrid publication. Any rumours that don’t seem to be based on anything concrete, Spurs fans will just have to take with a pinch of salt.
There are plenty of other midfielders that Real Madrid could consider going after, players that would be far easier to sign and players who could be just as effective in the Real Madrid squad.
It just doesn’t make any sense.
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