Brilliantly gifted Brazilian ‘with big reputation’ tells Arsenal he is interested in Premier League move

Bayer Leverkusen winger Paulinho is open to a move to either the Premier League, which could alert the likes of Arsenal.

The Brazilian, 20, arrived in European football in 2018 with a big reputation having signed from Vasco da Gama for £16 million, but a serious knee injury caused him to miss almost all of the 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign.

But he is now back to full fitness and is now looking to the future having played 66 minutes of Leverkusen’s final league game of the season, but that has not stopped rumours that a move to the Premier League or La Liga could be on the cards.

Asked if there is any country he would particularly like to play in during his career, Paulinho told Goal: “I will be prepared if an opportunity arrives. Spain has very good football, so does England. They’re top leagues. Germany as well, the Bundesliga is a top league with a very high level and every player wants to play in those big leagues.”

Having played 39 times for Brazil at U17 and U23 levels, Paulinho is eyeing a senior call-up once he gets more first-team action under his belt, he added: “It’s not impossible. I think it’s possible. I’ll have one year before the World Cup starts, it’s a season. First of all I’ll be focused on doing a good job for my club and then the Selecao can be a consequence of that.”


Arsenal missed out on a possible deal for Paulinho when he decided to make that move to the Bundesliga, but they were hoping to keep a close eye on his performances after his arrival to Europe.

They may not make a move to the Premier League this summer, but if he performs well over the next 12 months, then Arsenal could reignite their interest.


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