Paulinho Expected to Complete Barca Switch This Week

Brazilian midfielder Paulinho is set to complete his transfer to Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande this week. The player has been mulling over the switch for the last few weeks, but looks set to sign.

Guangzhou rejected a £17.5m offer last week, but it appears that an agreement has been reached after the player went public on the move, telling Mundo Deportivo, “It is a unique opportunity for me to be able to play for Barcelona, the best team in the world and surrounded by the best players.

“I have to talk to my president, since I got the proposal I have not stopped thinking about it and I am waiting for everything to be resolved this week. After the match between Brazil and Argentina in Australia my agent told me that there was an interest from Barca and I was surprised.

“I wanted an offer before I could believe it. After the two friendlies, there was an official offer to Guangzhou and they made me a proposal that I really liked. The truth is that I could not have imagined it.”

Paulinho joined Guangzhou in January 2016 after 2 miserable years at Spurs, but he has reignited his career, winning his place back in the Brazilian national side. He scored against Argentina in November and bagged a hat trick against Uruguay in Montevideo in March.

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