Brazil's Globo Esporte reports that Bayer Leverkusen's Paulinho has selected Clube Atlético Mineiro as his next destination and that a transfer could be finalized as soon as this winter.
The one-time €18.5 million transfer remains contractually bound to Bayer through January of 2024. Whilst making his decision to leave German football public in late October, Paulinho declared that he would at least sign a pre-contract to play for a new club once his current contract expires.
Obviously, Germany's red company team would prefer to get him off the roster and secure a small transfer fee for the disaffected player. Paulinho's current estimated market value stands at €7 million in the latest transfermarkt listings. At the time of his transfer from CR Vasco de Gama in 2018, Leverkusen reportedly secured an expensive exit clause for his contract.
This would have to be waived for a deal to be concluded.