Saturday June 22 2013
Spurs close on Inter target Paulinho

Corinthians confirm negotiations with Tottenham for €20m Inter target Paulinho “are well underway.”

The race to capture the Brazil international midfielder has been going on for over a year and the Nerazzurri had seemed to be in front.

According to the Daily Mail and Sky Sports, Spurs suddenly surged with a £17m offer for the 24-year-old – matching the €20m asking price.

“The situation is well underway,” Corinthians director of football Edu told UOL.

“We have to agree on some details of the negotiation, so I can’t say he will leave yet, but the negotiations are good.”

Tottenham had been hoping to pay £15m, but that was not considered to be enough for the Seleçao star.

While Roma and Real Madrid are also tracking Paulinho, the battle has been largely between Inter and Spurs.