Italian sports website Tuttomercato has claimed Real Madrid will make an offer for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho in January.
The 25-year-old only signed for the north London side in the summer but has impressed boss Andre Villas Boas with his strong displays in the early stages of the campaigns. And according to the report, the players’ performances haven’t gone unnoticed by Carlo Ancelotti either.
With speculation surrounding Sami Khedira, and uncertainty over Xabi Alonso staying at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond this season, the Italian manager is believed to be assessing his options for reinforcements. He has been linked with a move for Chelsea and Brazil midfielder Ramires, but now may have his eye on Paulinho too.
Spurs, fresh off the back of the drawn out sale of Gareth Bale to Los Blancos would be reluctant to part with the 22 million euro midfielder, and as Florentino Perez found out a few months ago, chairman Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator. Since his move to White Hart Lane, Paulinho has scored three goals and provided one assist as Spurs make headway in the Premier League and the group stages of the Europa League.