A BOLA – Hypothesis Three Years Ago, Paulinho Returns to the Lion’s Agenda (Sports)

Paulinho returned to Sporting’s radar three years after he had been very close to confirming the Alvalade logo.

The now 21-year-old Brazilian winger, who is serving Bayer Leverkusen for the fourth time in Germany, appears on a limited list of targets whose profile fits the reinforcement designed by Rúben Amorim: a fast, skilled winger, able to play in both offensive teams and with experience on major European stages.

It was in the summer market of 2019 that Paulinho was very close to strengthening Sporting, then still guided by Marcel Keizer. The young Brazilian, trained in Vasco da Gama, had just finished his debut in the Bundesliga at Bayer Leverkusen, playing a total of 21 official games but only four of his own. At the time, Paulinho was proposed for the Leonine structure approved by Frederico Varandas and Hugo Viana under a loan agreement in force for the period.

– There was interest, not only from Sporting, but also from other clubs. It was a tough fight, but it didn’t get ahead, ”Paulinho admitted in early 2020 against FC Porto, who played for the Estádio do Dragão in the service of the German emblem.

With only one contract, valid until June 2023, Paulinho is being analyzed by the German emblem, which has to make a decision – or move on to renewal, which we have not yet seen and Paulinho is not yet interested in – or has one last chance to make a significant contribution to the young in favor of the Brazilian, who in July 2018 paid EUR 18.5 million in this window.

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