Former Udinese defender Edinho, now an agent, has revealed he recommended Corinthians star Paulinho to AC Milan.

Paulinho is expected to sign for Inter Milan at the end of the season.

Edinho told TMW he urged Milan chief Ariedo Braida to sign him: "With Braida I had recommended Paulinho, we talked about him many times. Two years ago, most of all, they could do it, as nobody ever talked about him.

"Now Paulinho has matured a lot, he's a recognised player. He's ready for the big stage."