The Evening Standard has reported that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino would rather keep Paulinho as an option at the club instead of sending him out on loan.
The Brazilian has been tipped to make way this month, as Spurs look to free up a congested area of their squad, making wages available to spend in other areas.
One way they could have done that would have been to send the midfielder on loan, but that will only happen if a side coming in for him is prepared to take him permanently.
“Tottenham are reluctant to allow Paulinho to leave the club this month unless there is a possibility of a permanent deal,” reports the Standard.
“Head coach Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be willing to let the Brazilian, who joined for £17million in the summer of 2013, depart White Hart Lane, but the nature of the transfer represents a sticking point.”
“Paulinho’s former club Corinthians, as well as Cruzeiro, Inter Milan and Schalke, are monitoring the situation but are interested only in an initial loan agreement until the end of the campaign. For Corinthians, Cruzeiro and Inter, Paulinho’s £60,000-a-week wages would also represent a stumbling block.”
The problem Spurs have is that he’s barely featured in the Premier League this season; seven sub appearances and no starts so far.
Clubs looking to make big money buys in the middle of a campaign need to be convinced that the cash they’re spending is justified, hence why the security of loan moves is often more popular.
There are a number of options on the table, which provide Spurs with the opportunity to get him out of the door and the mistake the club can’t make is hanging onto him for the sake of it.
His deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2018 so the club could still net a big fee at the end of the season and even if they have to part subsidise his wages to get him out, it would still take the pressure off and allow the club to improve in other areas.