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."