14 Aug, 11:00
There has been a pressing need for Barcelona to strengthen their midfield and it seems like the Spanish giants have taken their first step towards that by signing former Tottenham star Paulinho.
The combative Brazilian midfielder had long been linked with a move to Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luis Felipe Scolari confirmed the switch, -Paulinho is a player with high individual quality, he is an outstanding player, both for his club and for the national team. The high price paid by Barcelona in order to sign him is a strong recognition of Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club. We wish him all the best and that he can embrace a bright future.
Barcelona activated Paulinho's release clause of €40 million, after the two clubs failed to reach an agreement over a transfer fee.
The 29-year-old Brazilian joined Guangzhou Evergrande after a disappointing two-year spell at Premier League side Tottenham. However, he soon rediscovered his form and was an integral part of the team as they won back-to-back League titles and even claimed the Asian Champions League.
His impressive form even earned him a recall to the Brazil national team and now Barcelona think that the all action displays of Paulinho can certainly add an extra dimension to their jaded midfield this season.