The attacking midfielder, 17, will play for Corinthians today against Parana after captaining Brazil in the U17 World Cup in South Korea.

Lulinha already boasts a long-term Nike contract and counts on Wagner Ribeiro as his agent. Ribeiro took Kaka to AC Milan and Robinho to Real Madrid and has already fielded interest from Tottenham.

Globoesporte says Spurs failed with a recent £10 million bid for Lulinha, who is ready for today's debut.

"I am ready to play from the start," said the midfielder. "I want to show the country the true Lulinha."