Brazilian club Corinthians have ruled out signing Paulinho from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old Brazil international midfielder has been strongly linked with a move back to his former club next month.
“There is nothing in the Paulinho (rumours)," IANS quotes Corinthians' director of football Ronaldo Ximenes as saying.
"Corinthians have the desire but Tottenham have said they will only sell him and we don't have the financial capacity to do that. The only viable option for us would be a year-long loan.
"But Tottenham don't want that, so right now it’s impossible. Only if they change their mind, which now looks unlikely, will Paulinho come back.”
Mauricio Pochettino on Manchester United
Tottenham are back in action today when they take on Manchester United at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.
Looking ahead to the clash, manager Mauricio Pochettino told Spurs’ official website on Saturday: “We need this mentality to go into this game, to be brave, to try to fight in every action and try to play better than them.
“Manchester United are in a very good moment like us and we have a tough game ahead. We need to be clever and first to rest after a big effort at Leicester.
“It will be a great atmosphere, a day for all the families to enjoy and in front of us, another very good team, but we will try to get the three points. We have showed character in every game and it’s important to keep this feeling.”
Kyle Walker on Manchester United
Defender Kyle Walker is also looking forward to the encounter and hopes to score yet again against United.
“I can remember my goal against United last year quite clearly,” the 24-year-old told Tottenham’s official website.
“Mousa Dembele said that the wall was too close to the goal for me to get the ball up and over, so he said I should try to go under it because they’re going to jump. Luckily I struck it well, it went under the wall and it worked out alright!
“I want to add to my goals tally and hopefully I can do that over the festive period – there are a lot of games for me to do that. It would be nice to cap off what I’ve achieved after coming back from nine months out with a goal – I’m looking forward to this period of games.
“It’s going to be difficult against United, though. They didn’t get off to a great start this season but with the players they’ve got and as an attacking force, they are world class. Hopefully as defenders we can keep them at bay and go on to win the game.”