Bayer Leverkusen have won the race for the services of Paulinho, landing the 17-year-old from Brazilian side Vasco da Gama.
The Brazil Under-20 international, full name Paulo Henrique Sampaio Filho, has caught the eye in South America after making his debut for Vasco at the age of just 16 and was linked with a number of top European sides.
However, Bayer Leverkusen have beaten their rivals in the market for the teenage talent and have signed a five-year deal with Paulinho, who will join the club on July 15.
Paulinho revealed his excitement at joining Leverkusen, who are currently fourth in the Bundesliga with three matches to go, and is looking forward to the prospect of playing in the Champions League.
“I want to play in the Champions League and continue to improve myself,” the forward said to his new club’s website after his move was confirmed on Friday.
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