Barcelona’s Paulinho returns to China's Guangzhou

Paulinho

Paulinho played two seasons in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur

He started in all of Brazil's five matches at the World Cup in Russian Federation, including their 2-1 loss to Belgium in Friday's quarterfinal.

Paulinho rose to prominence in his homeland for Sao Paulo-based Corinthians before he moved to Tottenham in 2013.

According to reports from Spanish media outlet (h/t Caught Offside), Don Balon, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde wants Manchester United midfielder - Paul Pogba, to replace outgoing Brazilian global Paulinho, who recently joined Guangzhou Evergrande in China on a loan deal.

Initial reports suggest that the deal is a loan with an obligation to buy for €50 million (US$58.8 million, HK$461.4 million), €10 million more than the fee the Brazilian left for 11 months ago.

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However, he has now returned to the Chinese Super League initially on a season-long loan deal after being offered a lucrative chance to return to the club.

Brazil worldwide Paulinho has returned to the Chinese Super League.

The midfielder was an important part of the Catalan side's championship season, scoring nine times in 49 games, but has opted for a return to Guangzhou. "I also hope to give the Super League more excitement".

The Brazil worldwide, 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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