Barca enquire for Paulinho – report

Barcelona have opened talks with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande over the transfer of Brazil international Paulinho, say reports in Spain.

According to Goal.com, the 28-year-old midfielder has been ‘sounded out’ by the Catalan club earlier this year and they have now ‘entered into the initial phase of negotiations’.

A regular in Brazil’s team – scoring nine international goals in 41 caps – Paulinho was said to be a Barca target in 2013, but by that stage he already had an agreement in place to join Tottenham from Corinthians.

Since moving to China in 2014, Paulinho has helped his side to six trophies whilst strengthening his position in the Brazil national team.

Described as a box-to-box midfielder, he could be an ideal fit for the Blaugrana who are reportedly planning to sell both Arda Turan and Andre Gomes this summer.

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