Former club hoping Tottenham sell flop Paulinho due to FIFA rule

Corinthians stand to make a modest profit if Tottenham sell Paulinho.

Tottenham may not have stopped handing cash over for Paulinho, report Brazilian outlet Meu Timao.

The midfielder has been linked with a switch to Chinese side Guangzhao Evergrande, bossed by former Brazil and Chelsea boss Luiz Scolari.

The London Evening Standard last week reported the midfielder had agreed terms and Spurs were aiming to recoup almost all of the £17 million they paid for him, in what would be a remarkable piece of transfer business by the club.

They are unlikely to receive quite all of it, with Meu Timao reporting former club Corinthians are set to benefit from a FIFA rule.

Due to the fact Corinthians had Paulinho between 2010 and 2013, they qualify as a training club under Brazilian rules as during this period he was under 23-years-old.

As a result Corinthians are entitled to 1.5 per cent of any future international transfers, which given the high price tag could yield them far more than they were originally expecting.

Meu Timao estimate the club are likely to receive 1,000,000 Brazilian Reals, equivalent to £200,000.

It is not a big amount for Spurs to give away, especially in consideration they stand to receive more than Paulinho's current market value with regards to the £15m price discussed.

Meu Timao are nonetheless positive, beginning their report with the line: "Midfielder Paulinho continues to give joy to Corinthians."

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