Paulinho To Join Barcelona

Paulinho To Join Barcelona

Paulinho To Join Barcelona

Paulinho had recently been linked with a move to the Spanish side but Guangzhou chairman Xu Jiayin had denied that the former Corinthians midfielder would be sold before the end of the season after rejecting two previous bids.

The reported move had been widely criticised by fans of both Barca themselves and others, though Paulinho's Brazilian global teammate Neymar previously revealed (before his departure) his hope that a deal would be struck between the parties, labelling his Selecao partner 'a great player'.

It added that Guangzhou Evergrande's Brazilian coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, confirmed the transfer.

The Catalan side agreed to meet Paulinho's 40 million-euro release clause after weeks of negotiations with the Chinese Super League club, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday citing the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.

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"The substantial amount of money that Barcelona had paid to buy Paulinho is a very big testament to the football played by Guangzhou Evergrande".

During his time in the Premier League, Brazilian midfielder Paulinho struggled to really make an impact in England, but after a successful stint in the Chinese Super League, the 29-year-old has just completed one of the shock deals of the summer.

In March got a hat-trick as Brazil handed Uruguay a 4-1 defeat in a World Cup qualifier, while he has scored seven goals in the CSL and five in the AFC Champions League.

But with the Reds refusing to negotiate even at £100m, and Borussia Dortmund asking for £130m for winger Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona are concerned that they will not be able to sign both players.

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