Paulinho will leave Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the end of the season and sign a preliminary contract with his new club in January. This is probably called Atletico Mineiro.
Paulinho already wanted to leave the Werkself last summer due to a lack of minutes. Brazilian clubs courted the 22-year-old, but Bayer 04 didn't give him the go - the transfer ideas were too different.
"What I can say is that I will sign a preliminary contract with another team in January," he revealed to the Brazilian TV station. After that, everyone will "more or less know where I'm going". A return to Brazil "is a possibility," he stressed.
According to Globo Esporte, Atletico Mineiro in particular are trying to get the attacking player's services and want to sign him on a free transfer.
This article was originally published on 90min.com as "Pre-contract with other team": Paulinho confirms departure from Bayer Leverkusen.