Roma after Spurs midfielder?

Gareth Copley

Paulinho is being linked to Roma, which doesn't make a ton of sense.

For reasons I can't quite understand, The Daily Mirror seems to believe that AS Roma are interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho. The outlet sees him as part of a 'swoop for a Premier League trio' also involving Romelu Lukaku and Davide Santon, because Roma has £50m or so to spend in the summer. Totally makes sense.

As the Mirror so aptly points out, Spurs would want at least the £17m they paid for Paulinho if they're going to offload him. And if he has a very good World Cup for Brazil -- which seems likely, based on his form in friendlies and Confederations Cup for his country -- Daniel Levy will probably demand more.

If you follow either Serie A or Major League Soccer at all, you may recall that Michael Bradley opted to leave Roma this winter because he didn't think he was going to get any playing time after the acquisition of Radja Nainggolan, who I happen to rate more highly than Paulinho. Daniele De Rossi is still going strong as well. And while they're not comparable players, all of Kevin Strootman, Alessandro Florenzi and Miralem Pjanic have played in the center of midfield this season.

I'm not sure why Roma would want to spend upwards of £20m on a player like Paulinho or why he thinks he'd be a first choice player if he went. If Paulinho exits Spurs in the summer, Roma doesn't seem like a very likely destination.

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