Barcelona Confirm Paulinho Loan Deal To Guangzhou Evergrande

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At the last count, the Selecao midfielder made defensive contributions for Barcelona last term and was rewarded with a spot in Brazil's Selecao squad to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Paulinho has agreed to a move from Barcelona to Guangzhou Evergrande.

Brazil midfielder Paulinho has left Barcelona to rejoin his former club Guangzhou Evergrande, the Chinese club have announced.

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Paulinho played 34 games and scored nine goals as Barcelona won La Liga last term, and started all five of Brazil's World Cup games in Russian Federation.

The transfer has been confirmed on the CSL club's official website, but only on the Chinese version and not the English-language portal.

The player spent nearly three years with the Chinese Super League club in his first spell, playing nearly 100 games with the giants and lifting back-to-back CSL titles.

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The club might call off the Lenglet signing and go for an European midfielder to replace Paulinho, who had added a lot of muscle to the midfield. "I also hope to give The Super League more excitement!" Guangzhou's hopes of winning an eighth consecutive title will be boosted by Paulinho's return, with Fabio Cannavaro's side sitting fifth in the table after 11 games, five points off top spot.

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

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