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Paulinho shunned January deals

Kia Joorabchian claims Brazilian star Paulinho turned down a transfer to England in January, but says he will move to Europe this summer.

Last Updated: 06/02/13 at 19:35 Post Comment

Paulinho: Shunned English move in January

Paulinho: Shunned English move in January

The 24-year-old Corinthians midfielder has attracted interest from Inter Milan and Chelsea.

Now Joorabchian, whose company look after the player, says he rejected the chance to move to Serie A or the Premier League last month.

"He's got his pick of clubs at the moment. There were a couple of bids in the January transfer window, from both English and Italian clubs, but he decided to stay in Brazil," he told TalkSport.

But he added that the player will soon be moving: "Paulinho sees his future in Europe.

"I think he will definitely move in the summer. He's a very special player. He's a Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard sort of player, a real box-to-box man.

"He had a lot to do with Corinthians winning the Copa Libertadores and was very much involved in the Club World Cup win against Chelsea. He's a massive talent.

"He'll end up at a big club. He's already been linked to Inter Milan, AC Milan and various clubs in England. Now it's up to him to decide where he wants to play, whether that's in England, Italy or Spain."

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