Paulinho ‘agrees Guangzhou return’

Barcelona midfielder Paulinho has reportedly agreed to re-join Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande in a €50m deal.

Paulinho confirmed on Thursday evening that he had two offers to leave Barca, and Mundo Deportivo claims he is on his way to Catalonia from Brazil’s World Cup base in Kazan to begin the process of severing ties with the Blaugrana.

The newspaper explains the offer he accepted came from Guangzhou, describing it as ‘irresistible’ for the ex-Tottenham Hotspur man as he stands to earn €48m over four years.

Paulinho is considered an ‘idol’ by the Chinese club after captaining them to Asian Champions League glory between 2015 and 2017.

However, Fabio Cannavaro’s side are in a race against time to push through the 29-year-old’s return, given the Chinese transfer market shuts next Saturday.

Barca would make €10m profit from selling Paulinho, having paid Guangzhou €40m to sign him last summer.

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