Barcelona have finally started to splash the Neymar cash, but not in a way that the fans probably expcted.
The first signing post-Neymar was not Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho or Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé as expected. Instead it was a €40 million deal for Paulinho from Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande.
The former Tottenham midfielder will undergo a medical and finalise the terms of his contract on Thursday morning before the official presentation at the Nou Camp later in the day.
The Catalan club have inserted a buy out clause of the player’s contract at €120m. Barcelona’s board have been criticized recently for how low their buyout clauses are compared to Real Madrid’s. The Paulinho clause would seem to indicate that they have not listened!
The Brazilian, who has been with Guangzhou since 2015, has been a Barca target for much of the summer and they have now confirmed the move.
Speaking at the start of July, at a time when he thought his move was close, the Brazilian revealed his excitement regarding the switch.
He told Mundo Deportivo:
‘It is a unique opportunity for me to be able to play for Barcelona, the best team in the world and surrounded by the best players.
‘I have to talk to my president, since I got the proposal I have not stopped thinking about it and I am waiting for everything to be resolved this week.’
This is a strange purchase by Barca as they already have a younger player in Sergi Roberto, whose favored role is in central midfield, which is exactly where Paulinho is expected to play.