Barcelona sign Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande

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Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has joined Barcelona for a fee of €40million (£36.5m).He spent two seasons at Tottenham after moving to Europe from former club Corinthians

The Brazilian, who has been with Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande since 2015, has been a target for the Nou Camp club for much of the summer and has now completed his move.

Barca opened with an offer of £17million in July but have since significantly increased their offer for the 29-year-old to complete the deal.

It marks a return to European football for a player who spent two seasons at White Hart Lane, without hitting the heights expected of him following a £17 million switch from Corinthians.The Brazilian heads to the Nou Camp for a fee of €40million after leaving China

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He played 67 times for Spurs during those two seasons, scoring 11 times, but was eventually sold for a fee of around £10million as he headed to China in the summer of 2015.

Speaking at the start of July, at a time when he thought his move was close, the Brazilian revealed his excitement regarding the switch.

He told 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.

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‘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.’

Paulinho’s arrival comes at a time when Barcelona are rebuilding following Neymar’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain, with Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho their primary target to replace the Brazilian forward.

Coutinho put in a formal transfer request on Friday, just minutes after Liverpool insisted he was not for sale after rejecting an offer of £90m.

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