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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Make £9m Bid For Samba Star
Arsenal have submitted a £9m offer for Corinthians midfielder Paulinho, according to the Daily Mail.
Having already signed Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski this summer, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger remains hopeful of making further additions to his squad with a midfielder thought to be a priority for the Frenchman.
The Mail claim that Wenger has identified Paulinho as a potential signing and has now made a £9m bid for his services.
However, Arsenal may struggle to persuade the Brazilians in to selling, with chairman Mario Gobbi insisting Paulinho will not be sold this summer while the player himself has insisted he wants to stay at Corinthians and reward the faith the club has shown in him.
Being quizzed on reported interest from Inter Milan, Paulinho is quoting as saying by ESPN:
“Corinthians are doing everything they can to keep me,”
“I want to remain here and I hope that my future is resolved as soon as possible so that I can play without having any distractions.
“Inter have not spoken directly with me but they have spoken to my representatives. I want to reward Corinthians for their willingness to keep me.
“Wherever I go, I will nevertheless win. It’s not a money issue, I just want to play football.”
The attack-minded midfielder has three years to run on his current contract having been signed from lower league club Bragantino two years ago. The talented 23-year-old has gone on to become one of the most accomplished midfielders in the Brazilian top flight, helping Corinthians win their first ever Copa Libertadores title last season.
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