Brazil's Paulinho returns to China's Guangzhou Evergrande on loan from Barcelona

Paulinho Arthur and Willian

Paulinho Arthur and Willian

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 worldwide Paulinho, who recently joined Guangzhou Evergrande in China on a loan deal.

Paulinho has made a decision to bid Barcelona adieu as he rejoins Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou Evergrande, the club has confirmed.

He made a bright start to life at Barca, however, and while his form dipped later on he formed a key part of the team that won a domestic double in 2017-18.

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

With the Catalans struggling to accommodate a host of non-European Union players, however, Paulinho has been released back to Guangzhou.


Barcelona had signed the Brazilian midfielder for €40 million.

Brazil global Paulinho has returned to the Chinese Super League.

"I hope to bring more championships to Guangzhou and Guangzhou fans".

Barcelona have confirmed that Paulinho will return to Guangzhou Evergrande on an initial one-year loan but have stressed a mandatory purchase option has been included in the agreement. "I also hope to give The Super League more excitement!" But, with Paulinho's departure to China and Yerry Mina's potential exit, it could open the door for future signings.

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