Quite recently, it has been reported through various sources that Paulinho is Juventus’ number one target for replacing Arturo Vidal, who is likely to end up at Manchester United.
Having only joined last season, Paulinho has had a shaky start at the Premier League. He has appeared in 30 games, scoring 6 goals over the period of the season, which is a decent number considering his first time around in England. Although, he was introduced to the world at the Confederations Cup, his performances for Brazil there were outstanding and ever since then, started taking a downfall. Inconsistency and lack of adaptation saw him being dropped a couple of times and the more recent World Cup, makes you think otherwise.
Through the reports, it can be noticed that Juventus are willing to bid around the range of £20 million, which for me is the best price we could get for him considering his current performances. (Remember, we only bough him for £17.5 million so the sale will be a profit!). Other than that, here are the top three reasons why I think selling Paulinho will be the best option.
Money in is always good
The sale will give us more funds to invest in and target on players we were unable to with an earlier budget for this window. The likes of Lukaku, Bony, Ricardo Rodriguez or Lovren are now a possibility if we bid for one of them. It helps us get better quality players and since we have a sufficient number of central midfielders, we could invest it in other key areas.
A change in the formation and style
A number of times last season, it seemed as if things weren’t working out and we were forcing them to happen. It resulted in poor performances, home and away and there was a much needed change of formation. This could help that happen. I believe we need to change our style of play a bit as well since we have lacked creativity, goal scoring opportunities and in winning the midfield battle on several occasions.
A boost for the younger players
I honestly think that one of our home grown talents should take over this position. We have players like Holtby, Carroll, Sigurdsson and Bentaleb who should be stepping up for this opportunity. We know how talented they are and what all they can offer.
I think we can live without Paulinho and it will be better if we sold him, for us and for him as well. He is a player that suits a different style of team, which is not us. If we want us to sign top players, this sale could let us do so!
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