Guangzhou Evergrande have asked Tottenham Hotspur to refund them for the purchase of Paulinho after chairman Kang Bing watched a YouTube clip of the Brazilian’s performances over the 2014/15 season.
Paulinho was signed at the behest of manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who helped the player become one of the most sought after stars in world football following Brazil’s impressive performances in the 2013 Confederations Cup.
However, Paulinho’s time at White Hart Lane was underwhelming in the extreme, with the 26-year-old failing to impress in his two seasons with the North London club.
Bing said: ‘I thought we were signing a seasoned, world class international midfielder who still has his best years ahead of him. After seeing the video it’s clear we’ve bought the footballing equivalent of Jaques Tati. I’ve been stitched up good and proper. Damn you (Daniel) Levy, damn you to hell’.
Communications director Donna Cullen said: ‘If they were so foolish as to buy him sight unseen then under their consumer rights, there’s not much they can do. We also made it perfectly clear that there could be no returns, as he’s got sun damage from being in the shop window so long’.
Despite repeated calls to the Tottenham reception desk, Bing’s efforts to reach any of the club’s directors has so far proved futile.