Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to bring Paulinho to his new club Zenit Saint Petersburg, FootballDirectNews.com understands.
The Portuguese coach has been confirmed as the new manager of the Russian giants this week, and is already weighing up a number of transfer targets for the summer, with Paulinho believed to be among his main priorities. Villas-Boas only brought the Brazilian to White Hart Lane this season, but the 25-year-old has already found himself linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Roma in the last few months as his future with Tottenham looks to be uncertain. With the club struggling to reach their target of a top four place, Paulinho could be one of several players looking to leave in the next transfer window, with some of their other, less successful summer recruits also being linked with quick exits. Paulinho has performed fairly well since arriving from Corinthians, and Villas-Boas remains a fan of his, a club source revealed. Paulinho was one of the few new players AVB was happy with this season, a Spurs insider explained. “I think there was always a chance he would look to sign him again at his next club. “
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