Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who was voted the third-best player at the FIFA Confederations Cup, has confirmed that he will join Tottenham Hotspur from Corinthians in a deal worth close to $26 million. Now, instead of playing in the Recopa Sudamericana [South America’s equivalent of the UEFA Super Cup] with Corinthians on Wednesday, Paulinho will instead travel to London for a medical and to complete the move to Tottenham. The 24-year-old scored 34 goals in 167 appearances for Corinthians.
"The other interest we got was from Inter but the only offer came from Tottenham," the 24-year-old said. "The proposal came, we sat down, analyzed it and decided. It was a big decision to go to a big club. There comes a certain point when you need new challenges." In an emotional press conference, Paulinho promised to return to Corinthians one day. "It's hard to say anything at a moment like this but I am sure those were three wonderful years in my career, with many titles," he said. "What I have to say to Corinthians fans, board and staff is 'see you soon'. I will be back in no time, due to everything they have done for me. My individual titles are all thanks to the club. Corinthians will be in my heart for the rest of my life."