In July 2013, Tottenham Hotspur finally managed to complete a deal to bring Paulinho from Corinthians for a then club record fee thought to be around £17.75million, per Transfermarkt.
The Brazilian had been starring for his country in the Confederations Cup that summer and helped them to lift the title at the end of the tournament with impressive results against Italy, Uruguay and Spain in the final.
The midfielder brought plenty of excitement to the White Hart Lane faithful with the performances he had shown in the competition, with many taking to Twitter to share their delight with the signing and had high expectations of the player.
Here are just some of their initial reactions:
@SpursOfficial great player
— wes (@Wthompson96) July 6, 2013
@SpursOfficial Cracking Signing, There's going to be such a good connection between "Paulinho,Sandro", And Dembele in mid-field..?:D
— Gianni (@_Smithy98_) July 7, 2013
@SpursOfficial coys! Sandro and paulinho to rule.
— Matt Jowett-baker (@JowettbakerMatt) July 6, 2013
Huge move! RT @SpursOfficial: We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement for the transfer of Paulinho from Corinthians!
— Carly Felstein (@MrsCarlyF) July 6, 2013
— Ollie Leach (@OR_Leach) July 6, 2013
— Gazza B (@GARYZ1C0) July 6, 2013
However, things did not quite work out for the then-24-year-old as many would have liked, as he struggled to make a real impact at Spurs.
He was considered to have been a coup when he was signed by Andre Villas-Boas as a man to help the club to push for a Champions League spot, with rumoured interest from Inter Milan and Real Madrid at the time.
During his two-year stay in north London, before heading to the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande, he managed to make 67 appearances for Tottenham across all competitions and scored just 10 times.
As time went on, fans were extremely disappointed with how Paulinho had turned out and how badly he had flopped for the club in his time with them, with many pleased to see him depart.
Since his ill-fated time at White Hart Lane, he has spent the majority of his time in China where he rediscovered his form and earned himself a big-money move to Barcelona where he became a key player in their 2017/18 winning year.
However, he made a return to Guangzhou later that summer on an initial season-long loan that includes an option to make his transfer permanent.
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