Brazil star Paulinho returns to Chinese Super League champions from Barcelona

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He moved to Spain in 2017 for a reported €40m, meaning that Barcelona will make a tidy profit on the deal.

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.

The loan deal is understood to contain an option to buy at the end of the campaign, reportedly for around £44m.

But, the former Spurs midfielder made an immediate impact after arriving at Barcelona, scoring nine goals in 49 appearances in his debut season.

Paulinho has asked for a 14m euro contract for the next four years, which adds up to 28m euros in losses for the Chinese club.

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Having said that, the Catalans seem rather content of letting go of their Brazilian star, who, in turn, is delighted to have rejoined his former club.

He has also won a Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup title with Brazilian club Corinthians.

Champions Evergrande restart against Guizhou Zicheng at home on Wednesday July 18.

Barcelona are looking to free some non-EU spots in their squad with a fellow Brazilian, 21-year-old Arthur, looking set to join the club from Gremio in the coming weeks and Paulinho's sale will allow for that move to happen.

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