Tottenham Hotspur would be wise to keep their Brazilian midfielder at the club, given the amount of young talent that still need time to fully develop.
The story includes comments from the Brazilian side’s sporting director Edu Gaspar, who said, “Paulinho is still a very popular player over here.
“There are always obstacles but I don’t feel the finances will prove a problem.”
Paulinho has featured 29 times for Spurs this season and has recently been playing his way back into form after a spell out of the side.
The birth of his child meant he missed Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Southampton at the weekend, but his absence was felt as Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb both struggled after so much football in recent times.
The simple fact is, while Paulinho may not be every Spurs fan’s cup of tea, selling him this summer will only make sense if the club brings in quality midfield reinforcements – experienced players to aid the development of Tottenham’s impressive youngsters.
It is all well and good having lots of players in their late teens and early twenties, but Tottenham should be pushing for a top-four finish and silverware next season, meaning they need experience as well as development talents.
Paulinho is still only 26 and if he is given a run of games he could yet turn things round in North London.
The recent form of Mason and Bentaleb, who have shone this season but have both played a considerable amount of football, tells its own story. Paulinho is still highly regarded in Brazil because he is a quality player, and he may still have time to prove that to the White Hart Lane faithful.