Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho is reportedly confident that a move to Chelsea will go through after the World Cup.
Chelsea’s interest in the Brazilian is confusing considering the number of midfield options Jose Mourinho has available but Goal.com has suggested that the wheels are in motion over a £20 million deal with the player keen to switch to West London.
“Tottenham midfielder Paulinho wants to leave the club after the World Cup and is confident of completing a summer move to Chelsea,” reads Goal’s report.
“The 25-year-old is also attracting interest from abroad, particularly Italy, but would favour a move to Chelsea, where Jose Mourinho is believed to consider him as a potential long-term replacement for Frank Lampard.”
A deal can hardly be considered imminent because it relies on a number of factors, which can’t be taken into the equation of a transfer at the moment.
Firstly, if reports are accurate that Tottenham are planning to do away with head coach Tim Sherwood at the end of the season, the man who replaces him may want to keep Paulinho.
That coach could give him the chance to dominate the Tottenham midfield with a chance he hasn’t been given yet this season.
That individual will also have the chance to talk with Paulinho, man managing him in relation to his Tottenham career.
The confidence that Goal talks about in their report seems to be born out of the frustration which has been created between Paulinho and White Hart Lane officials from earlier in the season.
Sherwood publicly said the Brazilian needed to fight his way into the team and wasn’t guaranteed a place in the starting line-up.
It’s also important to consider the midfield options coming back to Chelsea this summer with Lucas Piazon in particular likely to want a lot of game time after a solid season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie.
There’s also the issue that Lampard could sign another contract with the club, providing a valuable squad option next season.
Who is Mourinho going to trust more in an important early season Premier League or Champions League game? Paulinho, with no recent Champions League experience or a club legend who would run over hot coals for him?