Real Madrid are threatening Tottenham's plans for Corinthians midfielder Paulinho.

The Brazil international has declared he wants to sign for Spurs, which are offering £17 million to Corinthians for the midfielder.

However, AS says Spurs face a late threat from Real Madrid, where new coach Carlo Ancelotti has urged the board to move for Paulinho.

Indeed, the Brazil star is the one player Ancelotti has recommended to Real president Florentino Perez after taking the reigns yesterday.