Tottenham Hotspur have completed the eye-catching signing of Paulinho after the Brazil midfielder flew in to London on Friday to undertake a medical and finalise personal terms on a £17m move from Corinthians.
Paulinho had been long admired by a number of leading clubs, with Spurs eventually beating off competition, most notably from Internazionale and Real Madrid this summer, to secure the 24-year-old, who they hope to use in tandem with his compatriot, Sandro Raniere, in central midfield. The player was a key member of the Corinthians side which claimed the Copa Libertadores last year, and went on to beat Chelsea in the final of the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan last December.
He has gained 17 caps for his country, and impressed in Luiz Felipe Scolari's side as they triumphed at the Confederations Cup earlier this month. He will become André Villas-Boas's first recruit of the summer, with his arrival serving as a statement of intent as the club seek to improve on last season's fifth-place finish. The Spurs manager hopes to follow the midfielder's transfer with that of David Villa from Barcelona – a deal that may yet prove more complicated in terms of the fee and wages required to lure a 31-year-old from Camp Nou – and interest retained in Valencia's Roberto Soldado and Internacional's Leandro Damião.
Now Paulinho has been secured, the England midfielder Scott Parker is expected to leave White Hart Lane, most likely to Queens Park Rangers in the Championship, for a fee of around £2m. Tom Huddlestone, who has been interesting Sunderland, is also likely to depart this summer in search of regular first-team football.