Tottenham Hotspur are said to be considering offering Brazilian midfielder Paulinho a new contract over the coming months in the wake of transfer interest from Real Madrid, but it's not a move that the North London club should be considering.
However, there is really no reason for Spurs to turn to this course of action at present.
£17 Million Repaid Already?
For starters, Paulinho only joined Tottenham two or three months ago for a fee of around £17 million. While there should be no doubting his talents, he has only played seven league games for his new team.
Fans are frequently derided for cursing a player for not being good enough after only a few games, so why should the opposite not apply?
A handful of good performances should not warrant an entire new contract after only a few short weeks.
Aside from that, he hasn't been at 100 per cent in all his performances, outshone at times by fellow new arrival Christian Eriksen. Spurs shouldn't already have to placate Paulinho with a new deal when he hasn't necessarily earned one.
Are Real Likely to Make a Move?
While big clubs like Real Madrid will certainly be admiring Paulinho's displays, it's not as if they haven't had the opportunity to sign him. Paulinho is 25 years old and had been playing in Brazil with Corinthians for the past three years, so he's hardly an under-the-radar signing.
In the meantime, Real made their own midfield signings this summer, with Illarra and Isco joining for big money. The emphasis there is on helping the best young Spanish talent to take the next step and benefit from their improvement.
Paulinho hardly fits the profile there.
Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Sami Khedira are all also on the books for midfield spots at present, so unless Real offload a big name or two—not that likely in January—it doesn't look as though there is much room for another central player.
Should We Believe Levy and Spurs Will Sell Without a Fight?
Spurs have a player, Real want the player, Spurs cave in to the player's demands to sell or offer him a new contract.
Doesn't sound much like the normal course of events, does it?
Daniel Levy—now aided by Technical Director Franco Baldini—is not exactly noted for his softly-softly approach to selling players when they are in demand, and that goes for double when Real Madrid are involved. See the transfers of Modric and Gareth Bale for ample proof.
He would demand at least a £10 million of instant profit on his summer investment, quite possibly more, further adding to the reasons why Real wouldn't want to sign him so soon after he moved for £17 million.
Levy also won't believe that a player warrants a new contract simply because another club is interested in his services when the player is only about 6 per cent of the way through the existing deal.
Real might well be interested in the player, but all the power resides with Spurs here. They have absolutely no need to sell or, at this point, give Paulinho better terms than he is presently on.