With the injury picked up by Oriol Romeu, it is imperative that Chelsea buy a defensive midfielder to back up what they already have at the club and though Paulinho has stated he is happy where he is, blues boss Rafael Benitez has targeted the Samba star as his number one priority this coming January.

Chelsea’s boss will use the World Club Cup tournament for some Christmas shopping after hearing that Oriol Romeu is out for the season after knee surgery.

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Paulinho plays for Corinthians today in their semi-final against Egyptians Al-Ahly and could play against the Blues in Sunday’s final. Chelsea have been tracking the defensive midfielder for some time but were unable to complete a deal in the summer. (The Sun)

The 24-year-old Samba star has suddenly become one of the most sought after Brazilians currently in the game and the blues plan on making a bid of around £11 million for his services, though that may not be enough for his current club Corinthians to let him go.