Spinelli: Livorno rejected substantial bid for Paulinho
Livorno president Aldo Spinelli has claimed he rejected a €10 million bid for forward Paulinho this summer.
“We rejected a €10m bid for him, we didn’t believe it was an offer that had to be accepted,” the 73 year-old told Radio Anch’Io.
“The player is fundamental for us and that is why he has a five-year contract here.”
Paulinho netted twice as Livorno defeated Catania 2-0 on Sunday. He has three goals in three appearances so far this season.
The 27 year-old is a late bloomer. Having joined Livorno from Juventude in 2005, he only began to make an impression with the Amaranto after an outstanding two year loan spell at Sorrento.
Paulinho scored 20 times last season in Serie B to fire Livorno to promotion. He was believed to be a target for a number of Russian sides, as well as Internazionale.
The striker, who represented Brazil at under-20 level, however chose to stay in Tuscany and fight for Serie A survival - a feat Livorno seem capable of achieving, having won two out of three matches so far this term.