Barcelona begins spending spree with Paulinho
Barcelona has agreed a deal with Guangzhou Evergrande
to sign Brazilian midfielder Paulinho for 40 million euros (US$47.19 million), the Spanish club said on Monday.
“The new Barcelona player will sign for the next four seasons (and) the player’s buyout clause is set at 120 million euros,” Barcelona said in a statement.
“Paulinho will undergo a club medical on Thursday (when) the signing of the contract and his official presentation will also take place.”
The 29-year-old is Barcelona's first signing since the Spanish giant sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month for a world-record 222 million euros, with the Catalans still looking to make further reinforcements.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele have both been targeted by Barcelona as it searches for a player capable of replacing Neymar's spark on the left of the attack.
Coutinho has handed in a transfer request at Anfield. Barcelona has had two bids — with the second bid worth 100 million euros — rejected for Coutinho and is poised to return with a third offer, according to reports in Spain.
The arrival of Coutinho's Brazil teammate Paulinho will allow Barcelona to add more muscle and energy to a midfield which struggled to keep control of games last season.