Paulinho adds dimension – Valverde

Ernesto Valverde believes new signing Paulinho will add versatility and another dimension to his Barcelona squad.

The Blaugrana signed the Brazilian international, 29, from Guangzhou Evergrande in a €40m deal earlier this week, despite concerns from the club’s fans that he would not improve the squad.

“Paulinho is an important player for Brazil’s national team,” Valverde told reporters.

“He’s a regular in their side and is integral to what they do and how they play, you can see his influence on games.

“From a technical point of view, he is an important player and he is also physically strong which is something we lack a little bit of – he will add another dimension to us as we don’t have a player like him.

“When he is on the pitch he will be important for us too and you will see that this season.”

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