Earlier today, Paulinho became Tottenham's record signing and first signing of the summer, joining from Corinthians for a fee of £17 million, surpassing our previous record of £16.5 million paid for Luka Modric.
The 24 year old Brazilian midfielder completed a medical yesterday and met up with Daniel Levy and Andre Villas-Boas ahead of the deal's completion. 'I am very happy and excited to have joined Spurs. It's a huge pleasure for my career to be at a club as big as Tottenham,' Paulinho said.
The official club statement was: 'We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement for the transfer of Paulinho from Corinthians after the Brazil international successfully completed his medical.
The box-to-box midfielder has enjoyed great success since joining Corinthians from Brazilian Serie B side Clube Atlético Bragantino in 2010. He has made a total of 86 league appearances, scoring 20 goals while helping the Sao Paulo-based club to the Brazilian Serie A league championship in 2011 as well as the Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup a year later.
His fine performances at club level have also seen him twice named in the Serie A Team of the Year in 2011 and 2012. The 24-year-old, capped by Brazil 17 times, helped his country to FIFA Confederations Cup success last Sunday with victory against world champions Spain and also scored the equaliser against England in the 2-2 draw at the Maracana last month.' I genuinely believe that it is a great signing for a number of reasons, the main one being that Paulinho offers more than just defensive cover in the midfield area; he is brilliant on the ball and his strong, driving runs all over the pitch will offer the team a new dimension.
The addition will also take a lot of pressure off Sandro and Dembele's shoulders in the middle of the park, and as well as that, many have been saying that he will help AVB transform the team into the 4-3-3 outfit that he has always craved but not had the tools to create at Spurs. What a signing - COYS!
Written by COYS_TSB