Chelsea confident ofcompleting deal forTottenham star Paulinho

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The Blues are yet to make contact

with Spurs to negotiate for the out-

of-favour Brazilian midfielder but are

expected to push through a move

after the World Cup is complete

By Greg Stobart

Tottenham midfielder Paulinho

wants to leave the club after the

World Cup and is confident of

completing a summer move to

Chelsea.

The Blues are yet to make contact

with Spurs over any deal for the

Brazilian but they have identified

the midfielder as a prime target

ahead of the summer transfer

window.

The 25-year-old is also attracting

interest from abroad, particularly

Italy, but would favour a move to

Chelsea, where Jose Mourinho is

believed to consider him as a

potential long-term replacement for

Frank Lampard.

Paulinho is valued for his tactical

and goalscoring qualities but has

struggled to settle at Spurs following

his £17 million move to north

London from Corinthians last

summer as part of the club's £100m-

plus spending spree.

Spurs would demand at least £20m

to sell the box-to-box midfielder just

a year after he arrived at White Hart

Lane and his future could be

determined by the identity of the

club's new manager once Tim

Sherwood's departure is confirmed

at the end of the season.

The broker who brought Paulinho to

Spurs has strong ties to Chelsea,

having been involved in deals to

take international team-mates

Willian and Oscar to Stamford

Bridge.

The Blues have made it known

through third parties that they are

preparing an offer for Paulinho after

the World Cup and, while personal

terms should be a formality,

suggestions that a deal has already

been agreed are wide of the mark.

Much could depend on how Paulinho

performs at the World Cup, where is

he expected to keep his place in

Luis Felipe Scolari's first-choice

starting line-up for the tournament

hosts.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has

a very frosty relationship with

Chelsea chiefs. They fell out over the

Blues' attempts to sign Luka Modric

in 2011 and again last summer when

Willian moved to Stamford Bridge

despite completing a medical with

Spurs.

Sources have told Goal that the

members of the two boardrooms

barely acknowledge each other when

the two teams meet and Levy did

not attend Chelsea's 4-0 home

victory over Tottenham in March.

Paulinho has publicly admitted his

frustration with his first season in

the Premier League and is believed

to have felt let down by Tottenham’s

decision to sack Andre Villas-Boas in

December and was also told that the

club would keep Gareth Bale, who

moved to Real Madrid in August for

a world-record £86m fee.

He initially found himself out of the

side under Sherwood, who was

privately scathing about Paulinho's

poor attitude in training after the

managerial change.

The Brazilian is said to have

"completely downed tools" by

sources at the club and found

himself out of the side as Sherwood

felt that he could not trust him to

follow instructions.

Paulinho said in April: "I understand

the team rotation because that’s

how it works here but I am not

feeling well or comfortable. I want to

be present, I want to play."

The Sao Paulo-born midfielder has

made 36 appearances for Spurs in all

competitions this season, scoring

seven goals.


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