Corinthians president Mario Gobbi has asserted that Paulinho will not leave this summer, as he plans to reward the midfielder with improved terms.
The 23-year-old joined the Timao from Bragantino two years ago and helped his team to the Brasileirao title last year, before establishing himself as a key figure in the side that won their maiden Copa Libertadores earlier this month.
His performances have seen him linked with a move to Inter, despite the player distancing himself from the switch, but Gobbi is in no mood to relinquish the youngster, as he hopes a new deal will convince him to stay, along with colleague Ralf.
"Paulinho and Ralf will stay at Corinthians," the president told reporters. "Corinthians is a meritocracy. We have done this since December 2007.
"Those players who raise their levels, they will get their salary raised to a new level. I want everyone to be happy and satisfied at Corinthians, playing with the same willingness they showed in the Libertadores."