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Corinthians midfielder Paulinho linked to Shakhtar - report

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Corinthians highly rated midfielder Paulinho may join Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, according to reports in Brazilian press.

Paulinho has been linked to European football since he won the Brazilian national league in 2011, and could have moved earlier this year, but he preferred to stay at Corinthians for Copa Libertadores.

Chelsea have expressed interest in the past but according to respected journalist Juca Kfouri, he will join either Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk after the São Paulo state league final.

The Italian club is considered the best choice from a sporting point of view, despite their recent decline. Indeed, they will not play any European competition next season.

Shakhtar's offer is more interesting from an economic point of view, but players based in Ukraine are rarely called up for Brazil's national team.

Corinthians' director Duílio Monteiro Alves says he will only leave if the buyout fee is paid.

He told Lancenet: "The buyout fee is 20 million Euros. Corinthians don't set a price, we don't want to sell him."

Sources: UOL and Lancenet


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