Tottenham have suffered a blow in their hopes of signing Brazil international Paulinho in the next few weeks according to the London Evening Standard after his current club Corinthians announced they want the 24-year-old to remain with the club to help them win the Recopa Sudamericana for the first time.
The midfielder was believed to be close to making the switch to White Hart Lane after Tottenham agreed to pay the £17 million for his release clause to be triggered. Now the two parties have to sort out personal terms before a move to North London is completed.
Paulinho is currently on duty with the Brazilian national team in the Confederations Cup and will feature tonight as the Selecao take on South American rivals Uruguay in the first semi-final. Once his participation in the tournament was over, it was hoped he would fly to England in order to finalise the deal.
However his club team Corinthians now want him to play in the two-legged equivalent of the UEFA Super Cup on July 3 and 17 against San Paulo. Spurs are keen for him to miss out on the matches and instead complete his transfer especially considering reports of late interest from Real Madrid who yesterday announced the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as manager.
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