When Tottenham completed the signing of Brazilian box-to-boxer Paulinho two years ago, few envisaged the transfer working out so poorly.
Having starred in the 2013 Confederations Cup for the Selecao, Spurs agreed to meet Corinthians’ £17m asking price for the midfielder, reinvesting a sizeable slice of the world-record £85m sum copped for selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Alongside fellow flop Roberto Soldado, Paulinho’s acquisition is the frequently cited example as to how the Lilywhites squandered the exorbitant sum they received from the sale of their star man.
But all of this is about to be rectified if reports emerging from China are to be believed, where it is alleged the 26-year-old is ‘close’ to agreeing a move to Guangzhou Evergrande.
Managed by the Brazilian’s biggest fan and countryman Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Chinese Super League outfit are, amazingly, prepared to pay Spurs back the £17m they splurged to sign Paulinho.
The reports also indicate the player will be given a £30,000-a-week pay rise in order to convince him to take the sizeable step down in standard, further fuelling the assumption that those handing over this enormous wedge of money have absolutely no idea about what they’re investing in.
Should he make the switch, as everyone who holds Tottenham dear will be wishing with every fibre of their being, Paulinho will be joining a growing contingent of Brazilians housed by the Guangzhou outfit.
Alan, a former terroriser of Austrian Bundesliga and Europa League defences during his Red Bull Salzburg days, is the headline attraction on their books at present, with three lesser-known compatriots also on board.
Enabling Paulinho to become the fifth would represent arguably the best piece of salesmanship ever executed by notorious negotiator Daniel Levy.
The incredible fiscal feat isn’t the only bonus about the potential axing of the Brazilian misfit either; it would free up squad space in the congested midfield department to strengthen elsewhere, with acquiring added firepower in the final third an important issue to address.