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Chelsea are considering a shock move for Tottenham midfielder Paulinho in a move that could pave the way for Romelu Lukaku to head in the other direction.

Paulinho joined Spurs for £17 million from Corinthians last summer, as part of the club's overhaul following the world record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, but the Brazilian has failed to impress at White Hart Lane.

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After a promising start under former manager Andre Villas-Boas, Paulinho was sidelined by an injury sustained against Stoke in December and has found himself out of favour since Tim Sherwood took over.

Chelsea's move for the midfielder is, according to the Daily Telegraph, being overseen by agent Giuliano Bertolucci, who also played a role in David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar moving to west London.

Roma and AC Milan are also reportedly interested in Paulinho, but while Spurs will be loath to sell to their bitter rivals, their hand may be forced by their interest in Lukaku.

The Belgian striker has scored 14 goals on loan at Everton this season and Chelsea want £25 million - roughly the same amount Spurs will command for Paulinho.

Paulinho recently admitted he has become frustrated at Spurs, while Sherwood responded by telling him to earn his place in the starting line-up.

The move for Paulinho may be financed by the sale of David Luiz, who looks set to be on his way out of Chelsea in the summer. Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is reported to be interested in the Brazilian.

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