Barcelona lend Paulinho to Chinese club Guangzhou

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

But in the latter stages of the season, Paulinho lost his momentum but nonetheless, was effective coming off the bench.

The loan deal is understood to contain an option to buy at the end of the campaign, reportedly for around £44m.

Having said that, the Catalans seem rather content of letting go of their Brazilian star, who, in turn, is delighted to have rejoined his former club.

But Mina did very well for Colombia at the World Cup, and this means that the club has chose to retain the 22-year old centre-back, and replaced non-EU player Paulinho with his compatriot Arthur.

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Paulinho, 29, was a surprise arrival at the LaLiga champions last season in a €40m (R628m) deal from the Chinese Super League giants.

"I hope to bring more championships to Guangzhou and Guangzhou fans". Guangzhou's hopes of winning an eighth consecutive title will be boosted by Paulinho's return, with Fabio Cannavaro's side sitting fifth in the table after 11 games, five points off top spot.

That game could be a debut for Paulinho and fellow new signing Talisca, who also came in during this summer's transfer window as part of the owner's promised shake-up for the underperforming side.

The Brazil global, who helped his country reach the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals, was a surprise signing for the Blaugrana in 2017 after a two-and-a-half-year stint in China.

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