Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering the possibility of keeping Paulinho until the summer after the club have been left with a lack of options in the defensive midfield position.
Tottenham have been made to think twice about the Brazilian's departure because of their lack of options in defensive midfield, but Paulinho has shown no signs he is ready for a regular first-team role.
He was expected to leave for his homeland this month, with a number of clubs queueing for his signature, and Spurs must go through with this transfer.
Mauricio Pochettino has largely left Paulinho out of his plans since arriving in North London this summer, but the departure of Nabil Bentaleb to the African Cup of Nations has left a spot in the team open once again.
Mousa Dembele and Benjamin Stambouli are both ahead of Paulinho in the pecking order currently, but Pochettino is wary of losing the £16 million signing and is lacking cover.
He must place his doubts to one side, though, to rid himself of a player who has epitomised the mediocrity that Spurs fans have grown accustomed to since joining.
So much was expected from Paulinho but his transfer has not worked out and a departure is the only option Spurs should be thinking about.
Tottenham are starting to make rapid improvements and they have left Paulinho behind. He is unlikely to get a role in the team, even with Bentaleb out of the equation, and Pochettino would be better off sticking to his guns rather than giving the 26-year-old yet another chance to impress.