Barcelona sign Spurs flop Paulinho for €40m from Guangzhou Evergrande

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The 29-year-old midfielder becomes the club's first signing since the sale of Neymar to PSG

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of midfielder Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande for €40 million. 

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The Brazil international, 29, will finalise his move to the La Liga giants upon completing a medical and agreeing terms on a reported four-year deal on Thursday.

Paulinho, who will have a buyout clause of €120m, will be Ernesto Valverde's first signing since the world-record €222m sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

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It comes after weeks of speculation over his future and marks an impressive revival in Paulinho's career.

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Having struggled to convince at Tottenham following a move from Corinthians in 2013, he left to join Guangzhou two years later to link up with former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

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Paulinho helped the club to win six trophies, including two league titles and the AFC Champions League, and his performances earned him a recall to the national team.

The player will be unveiled on Thursday, the day after the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa which Barca trail 3-1 to Real Madrid after Sunday night's defeat at Camp Nou.

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