Paulinho: Tottenham's Brazilian target will leave Corinthians

 

Brazil midfielder Paulinho's expected £17m move to Tottenham has moved closer after the player revealed he would be leaving Corinthians.

Last month Paulinho said Spurs had made a bid for him and he would decide his future after the Confederations Cup.

Paulinho factfile

Full name: Jose Paulo Bezerra Maciel Junior

Born: 25 July 1988

Club: Corinthians

Brazil caps: 17

Brazil goals: 5

The 24-year-old scored 34 goals in 167 games for the Brazilian side and featured in his country's 3-0 win over Spain in Sunday's cup final.

"What I have to say to Corinthians is 'see you soon'," he said.

"Pretty soon I'll be back, owing to everything you have done for me."

Real Madrid have also shown interest in Paulinho, but he is expected to move to White Hart Lane.

Paulinho has made 17 appearances for Brazil and scored five times, including goals in their 3-0 Confederations Cup win against Japan and the 2-1 semi-final victory over Uruguay.