Inter Milan could move a step closer to signing Paulinho from Corinthians after the player revealed the club are in talks with his agent - but he may yet opt to stay in Brazil.
Paulinho, 23, was signed by Corinthians from lower league club Bragantino two years ago and has excelled in the Brazilian top flight and helped them win their first ever Copa Libertadores title earlier this month.
"Inter Milan have already had talks with my agent and they will probably make an official offer next week," Paulinho, who has one full Brazil cap to his name, told Radio Bandeirantes. "We are talking about Inter Milan, so it obviously affects me, but Corinthians are my preference.
"If an offer comes, I'll sit and see if that's what I want. But if Corinthians tell me that they want me to stay I'll listen and have talks to stay."