Arsenal showed their optimism to bring over Corinthians midfielder, José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Jùnior, majorly known as Paulinho to their fold as a Gunner as a bid of £9 million was thrown at his Brazilian club.
His form in the last 18 months, impressive string of results for his club, has combined to create a firestorm of interest from Italy to England.
With this stated, Arsenal may have be ready for a showdown with Inter Milan as reports of interest from Inter Milan were made public but Corinthians for now are insisting the maestro stays at home and to make sure that happens the team President Mario Gobbi released a statement to that effect and also decided that the player’s wages be increased in an effort to keep him happy in Brazil.
The 23-year-old midfielder was instrumental in helping Corinthians win their first Copa Libertadores Trophy in 2012. His play in this tournament came on the heels of an impressive 2011 campaign in the Brasileirao Série A, where he drove Corinthians to their sixth league championship.
He is known for his clever runs into the attacking third and his ability to finish in the air or on the ground. His intelligence and creativity will undoubtedly fit right in with Arsenal’s attacking mentality.
As for Paulinho’s say in all of this, it would seem that he would prefer to stay in Brazil. In response to learning about Inter’s interest in him, the midfielder said for Inter Milan to have interest in his person affects him but his preference will be Corinthians and they insist that he should stay at home in brazil which is with Corinthians, then he is ready to go into talks with his club.
For Arsenal, this move if it comes through makes so much sense for the Gunners’ club as the 5’11” attacking midfielder would seem to fit perfectly in the maestro role left vacant since Cesc’s departure in 2011 which is why an offer of £9 million shouldn’t not matter to the club also a re-think should be done on this offer on the part of Corinthians and Paulinho himself.