Should Spurs cash in on Paulinho amid reported Juventus interest?

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Juventus are reportedly weighing up a £20m move for Tottenham Hotspur's Paulinho and the deal might be better for Spurs than it appears on the surface.

The Italian giants are reportedly looking at bringing in Paulinho before they let Arturo Vidal leave the club this summer and are hoping a £20million offer is enough to convince Spurs to sell the 25-year-old.

Paulinho is seen as the ideal replacement because of his box-to-box style of play, with Real Madrid and Chelsea also keen on the Brazilian who only joined Spurs last summer.

Tottenham chairma, Daniel Levy is thought to value Paulinho at around £25 million and may ask Juventus to increase their offer if they submit a bid lower than that amount, although the deal would certainly not be too much of a blow for Spurs.

The Brazilian was signed for around £17million from Corinthians by Andre Villas-Boas last summer, but was not involved as much after Tim Sherwood took over from the sacked AVB at the midpoint of last season. And the midfielder has also struggled to impress for Brazil at the World Cup.

He started the season well, but his form dipped significantly even before his mid-season injury, and he has failed to showcase his abilities in Brazil this summer and he started in last night's 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff, but was again unable to influence proceedings.

Spurs have plenty of strength and depth in the central midfield position already, with Moussa Dembele, Sandro, Etienne Capoue, Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll all vying for a starting berth along with Paulinho, and the sale of the Brazilian would not leave Mauricio Pochettino short of options.

Sandro and Capoue have been linked with moves away, but Spurs would not receive anywhere near the amount that Paulinho is valued at for either of the defensive midfielders, who could both have an important role to play under Pochettino

The large transfer fee earned could be reinvested in the side with the defence in need of some strengthening and many Spurs fans also want to see the arrival of another striker.

Juventus will not be getting an ideal replacement for Vidal if the move goes ahead, as the Chilean outperformed Paulinho in several key areas last season.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistChance Created / appsAccurate Pass / appsWon Tackle / appsAerial Won / appsMins
Paulinho Spurs MF 30 6 2 0.70 36.27 1.73 0.50 2,381
Arturo Vidal Juventus MF 32 11 5 1.47 37.84 3.00 1.31 2,440

Vidal scored more goals and had more assists that the Spurs man, and was also much better defensively that the Brazilian, making more tackles and winning more headers per game.

The Chilean is one of the best midfielders in Europe and is the definition of a box-to-box player, and signing Paulinho at the expense of Vidal will weaken the Juventus midfield.

Paulinho has previously insisted that he is happy at Spurs, though the opportunity to play in the Champions League with a Juventus side chasing their fourth successive Serie A title may be too tempting an offer to refuse if the chance comes.

However if he is to leave Tottenham this summer, Spurs fans should not be too concerned as they have plenty of depth in midfield and can reinvest some money into the squad that is looking to improve on last season's sixth-placed finish.

 

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