Tottenham Hotspur struggler Paulinho rejected Inter Milan in 2012

Paulinho

The Brazilian international is again being linked with a move to the Nerazzuri.

One Tottenham player being heavily linked with an exit from White Hart Lane this winter is Brazilian midfielder Paulinho.

When Spurs beat the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea to the £17 million signature of the player in the summer of 2013 he was being touted as one of the best buys in world football.

However he has struggled to turn his performances in Brazil into anything consistent in Europe and it is looking increasingly likely that he may depart the club soon.

Of course plenty of clubs are keen. Former side Corinthians would have him back in a flash while Brazilian champions Cruzeiro are also said to be keen.

But the interest also exists here in Europe, with Inter Milan keen to continue their big January moves with a deal for Paulinho.

They have already brought in Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri this month and Paulinho, according to reports, is their next big target.

But of course, this is not the first time he almost joined Inter.

Prior to joining Tottenham Paulinho was co-owned by three parties; Corinthians, previous club Audax Sao Paolo and a banking company called BMG. In the past both the latter companies have tried to undercut Corinthians on a deal; with Audax attempting a sale to CSKA in 2012 and BMG attempting to sell their stake to Inter Milan.

That deal very nearly happened. In 2012 Paulinho even commented on the deal, stating to the Brazilian press:

"There was the offer from Inter, it is true and it was a lot of money. I made my decision with my family to remain with Corinthians. When I decide something, I mean it, so I will stay with Corinthians as I did last year.

"I have to admit that Inter are a great European club. It was a lot of money, it is true, but there are times when you must only consider your career. In July? Hopefully, I will assess everything again."

This time around, do not expect Paulinho to say no.

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