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Barcelona Signs Paulinho From Chinese League

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Barcelona signs Paulinho from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande

Barcelona, Spain – The Catalan club has made the signing of Paulinho from Guangzhou official this Monday. The agreement between the clubs was for €40 million. He will sign a four-year contract Thursday.

The 29-year-old is due in Barcelona later this week where he will undergo a medical. Paulinho becomes the fourth signing for the club this summer. He is the is first signing since the departure of Neymar to PSG. Marlon Santos, Gerard Deulofeu and Nelson Semedo the other three signings.

Additionally, the club has established a release clause worth €120 million.

Furthermore, the club had been pursuing the services of the midfielder but the Chinese club refused to lower their price.

Paulinho moved to China from Tottenham in 2015 in a deal worth €14m, having originally come to prominence in his homeland with Corinthians.

He played a significant part in Evergrande winning last season’s Chinese Super League and is set to leave with them five points clear at the top of the table this term.

Barcelona have also made bids for Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele and Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Dortmund rejected the bid and have since suspended Dembele for missing training, while Coutinho handed in a transfer request after Liverpool turned down Barcelona’s offer.