Inter are reportedly stepping up their attempts to sign Paulinho, although the Corinthians star’s price-tag has doubled since he was on the verge of a move last summer.
The Brazilian creative midfielder had a basic agreement in place with the Nerazzurri worth €8m, but opted to change his mind and renew the contract with his club.
Now it’s rumoured Inter are pushing to revive negotiations for January, as competition is growing from several Premier League clubs.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Paulinho’s contract includes a buy-out clause worth €15m, but Massimo Moratti hopes to use his earlier talks with the player and Corinthians to get preferential treatment.
“He does represent one of the most interesting Brazilian midfielders,” Coach Andrea Stramaccioni told Tuttosport.
“He is a central midfielder who can play in a two or three-man line. He is capable of scoring goals, is particularly dangerous with runs forward and combines quality with ball-winning skills.
“Both Inter and other sides have followed Paulinho, but he plays for Corinthians now and it is only right that he concentrate on the Club World Cup in December.”
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