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Paulinho joins Barcelona from Chinese Evergrande

New barcelona signing Paulinho

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Brazil international midfielder Paulinho on a four-year contract from Chinese Super League giants Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Blaugrana made a statement on Monday that a €40m agreement has been reached between the two sides and the player would have a €120m release clause inserted into his contract.

The 29-year-old, who left White Hart Lane in 2015 for just €14m having played 45 Premier League games for Spurs, will be unveiled at the Camp Nou on Thursday.

On Sunday, Guangzhou boss Luis Felipe Scolari had earlier confirmed the move of the Brazilian after revealing that the player would be leaving the club to move to the Camp Nou.

His move, which is a record fee received by a Chinese club, had earlier been confirmed by Evergrande’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

“Losing Paulinho is a loss for Evergrande, but it is a good thing for Chinese football,” he said. “It proves that the world’s leading clubs are paying attention to the Chinese Super League.”

The Sao Paulo-born sensation is a regular in Brazil’s senior national team, having scored nine international goals in 41 caps since getting his call-up in 2011.

Paulinho was reported to have been targeted by Barcelona in 2013, but the player had already agreed terms with Premier League side Tottenham on his way from Corinthians.

Since moving to China in 2014, Paulinho has helped his side to six trophies whilst also maintaining his position in the Brazil national team.

Described as a box-to-box midfielder, he is the Blaugrana’s third signing of the summer following deals for Gerard Deulofeu and Nelson Semedo from Everton and Benfica respectively.

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