Anyone who watched the Confederations Cup by now has to know the prominent spot Paulinho holds in the Brazilian lineup.
Some might say he is a Sandro injury away from being the second-or third-choice deep midfield player. Much like fellow countryman Fred, however, there is a very good chance that he might make a case for being a starter in a year’s time when the World Cup proper graces Brazil.
With Tottenham having been linked so heavily to the player, it was great to watch the midfielder ply his trade against—and dominate—a Spain squad that was made to look inadequate for the occasion. The performance will bring thoughts of grandeur to the minds of many a Spurs fan.
Based on the performances in the last three weeks, it will likely not be the last time someone throws cash towards Corinthians.
If there is not an 11th-hour bid made for the Brazilian between now and the time he makes a decision on his future, it will be an absolute coup for Daniel Levy and Andre Villas-Boas.
Levy's Dinamic Deal
While most people were busy watching the Brazilians render the Spanish useless, it appears Levy was watching the match with one eye and pulling the wool over half of Europe with the other.
The Mirror report that Croatian media seem to think Dinamo Zagreb youth players Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic will soon be under the Tottenham umbrella with a combined deal that might rise up to £15 million with incentives. The Mail estimate an £18 million bid might secure both players as well. Both players would remain on loan at Dinamo as both are aged 17.
Halilovic has been on multiple radars and as far back as last October, the Mirror noted that the Croatian was training with Real Madrid. The reports also say that Manchester City and Manchester United have also shown interest in the midfielder. Jedvaj was believed to be bid for by Roma and turned down, according to Sky Sports.
If the deal should go through, it would have a similar feel to the deal that saw Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker move in from Sheffield United several years ago. Both players will be loaned and grow, likely getting some cracks in the Champions League as the Croatian outfit won the Prva HNL by a comfortable 20-point margin.
It would also be a steal of a deal to cut in front of more of the big names and gather in talent for rainy days in the future.
Perspective Is Everything
There are some things that are meant to see the light of day and some things that should be remitted to the dark corners of the universe where no one can remember them.
Point of view will certainly be needed when one considers the “leaked” Spurs kits that are not exactly taking the world by storm, should they be the real McCoys.
HP is the sponsor listed on the three kits and is rather prominent on the away kit. Actually, prominent would be an understatement considering the “hp” logo covers nearly half of the front side of the blue shirt.
Let’s hope for the sake of the club that these are just the wild imagination of someone who had too much free time on their hands.
Meanwhile, the Mirror—with credit to O Jogo—point out that AVB has dreams beyond football and that at some point the manager will retire within a decade.
Of course, it cannot be for something simple like sightseeing or carp fishing. No, AVB is interested in the Dakar Rally.
Words do not do justice for the pure awesomeness of this man. Who else wins a European treble and wants to win another treble on the offroads of the world?
He’ll have had to mellow out some by then, though. As much preening, positioning and gesticulating as the man does on the touchline, sitting in a vehicle for multiple hours spanning multiple days does not seem to fit in with his persona.
But any man who says that it is an “obligation” must be commended. If he’ll wait 20 years from now, when Spurs are comfortably in a perennial top-four spot, no one would begrudge him any dream of his.