Paulinho's transfer to Tottenham Hotspur has been an open secret for days, but the club has finally made it official, announcing the acquisition of the Brazil international through their Twitter account:
We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement for the transfer of Paulinho from Corinthians! pic.twitter.com/2v82ZLNHoc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 6, 2013
Paulinho, 24, is rumoured to have cost Spurs some £17 million plus wages, but considering the magnitude of the upgrade over Scott Parker that the team is receiving it's a price well worth paying.
The former Corinthians man adds to a muscular midfield that could easily feature him playing alongside Moussa Dembele and compatriot Sandro, giving Spurs plenty of power. Admittedly, there's not a lot of subtlety there, but Paulinho's versatile enough to do more or less whatever Andre Villas-Boas asks, and it's easy to see him slotting into the side fairly effortlessly.
If Spurs can now secure a striker, they're looking like a genuine threat to unseat Arsenal and sneak back into the Champions League places. Next season should be fairly interesting.