Tottenham midfielder linked with a quite ridiculous deal to Chelsea.
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Chelsea have been linked strongly with Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin, but a deal is still dependent on the midfielder getting assurances over first team football, his agent has hinted.
The Italian press are naturally taking a keen interest in the transfer, and Sky Italia reported yesterday evening that Chelsea have two alternatives lined up if the Guarin deal does not come off.
First name up, Nemanja Matic - former Chelsea youngster, shares the same agent as Jose Mourinho, has already expressed he is keen to rejoin, yes this one sounds like it could be an option.
Second name up, Paulinho - Tottenham midfielder. OK, let's stop it there.
This is one deal which won't even get off the ground. Relations between the two sides are not good to say the least, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reported to be furious after Chelsea hijacked a deal for Willian back in August.
A numbers man, Levy would not want to take a loss on the player, but the midfielder is unlikely to command a higher fee than the £17 million Spurs paid for him in the summer.
Of course Paulinho's future can always depend on the plans of the new manager at Tottenham whoever he may be, but he has been a near ever-present so far this season, scoring two Premier League goals and providing two assists.
Even if a new boss did not take a liking to him, we are very sure Chelsea would not be a club Tottenham would negotiate with.
It isn't to say Paulinho wouldn't be useful at Chelsea. He would get the chance to link up with international teammate Ramires and renew the midfield partnership which was successful in the Confederations Cup.
Ramires aside, Paulinho tops Obi Mikel and Lampard in terms of both tackles won per game, and interceptions won per game.
It is certainly a position Chelsea need to upgrade, as well as bringing in a new striker, but they missed the boat on signing Paulinho in the summer so we certainly don't expect it to happen now.
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