Chelsea defender David Luiz believes his Brazil team-mate Paulinho will make a huge impact in the Premier League should he complete his £17m move to Tottenham in the coming weeks.
Tottenham have already agreed a fee with the midfielder's club Corinthians who are keen to keep him at the club until July 18 so that he can help them win the Recopa Sudamerican against Sao Paulo.
The 24 year old has been impressing at the Confederations Cup where his late goal against Uruguay booked Brazil a place in the final. It was his second goal of the tournament and it seemed as though his performances were alerting other sides.
Real Madrid are believed to still be interested in signing Paulinho but Luiz is in no doubt that the midfielder would be a huge success if he made the move to England.
"Paulinho is a fantastic player, both defending and attacking. He is complete, so he can come to England. It's a great moment for him," said Luiz, as quoted in the Evening Standard.
While it seems inevitable that Paulinho will move to Tottenham, Corinthians club president Mario Gobbi Filho was downhearted at the fact that the club would be losing one of its most prized assets.
"Besides the signings we also suffered harassment of the top clubs in the world on some of our key players," said Filho. "We make every effort to keep them but we have to evaluate the good proposals and understand the goals and aspirations of our athletes."
Paulinho has already indicated that he is keen to make the move to White Hart Lane after declaring earlier in the week it was an opportunity that he simply could not refuse.
"Tottenham have a reputation as one of the great clubs in England, who play exciting, attacking football which suits my style," he said. "I couldn't turn them down if they made me an offer. It would be a fantastic opportunity."