There is no love lost between London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham, with the Blues’ capture of Willian last summer adding to the bad blood.
With the Brazil international looking set for a move to White Hart Lane, Jose Mourinho’s men stormed in at the 11th hour to snatch the attacking midfielder from Spurs’ grasp.
Another Brazilian has been mentioned in the press of late with a link to both clubs, with rumblings that Chelsea have identified Tottenham’s Paulinho as a major summer transfer target.
With Frank Lampard ageing and Mourinho looking for players to take the club forward in forthcoming years, it has been stated that the Blues could look to bring the ex-Corinthians man to Stamford Bridge after the World Cup.
When Spurs signed the South American midfielder last summer it was seen as quite the coup. However, Paulinho has struggled to adapt to life in his new environment and has been in and out of the side since the appointment of Tim Sherwood as manager.
As such, the temptation for Spurs to cut their losses on Paulinho and make a profit on him in the process by shipping him off to West London will be there.
However this would surely be a massive mistake by the White Hart Lane club.
Spurs fans have been frustrated with Paulinho’s lack of conviction in 50-50 situations this term, while the Brazilian gets into good scoring opportunities but has been wasteful in front of goal.
However, despite an underwhelming first 12 months in England, Paulinho has all the traits to be a real star for Spurs.
This is a player that got player of the tournament at last summer’s Confederations Cup ahead of the likes of Xavi, Andrea Pirlo and other world-class midfielders.
He has been named in Brazil’s squad for the upcoming World Cup and will most likely start for the tournament hosts as he seems to be a favourite of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s.
Tottenham must resist the urge to sell Paulinho to the Blues; Jose Mourinho would not sell any of his players to Spurs.
Even if the jury is still out on the Brazilian, giving him another season at the club under a new manager that can hopefully get the best out of him surely makes more sense than selling an international standard footballer with real potential to one of your main rivals.