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Former Tottenham Midfielder Paulinho Says He Has an Offer From FC Barcelona

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...oh.

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Brazilian international Paulinho has told Globo that he has an offer from FC Barcelona. The midfielder, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur and now of Guangzhou Evergrande, said he’s not sure whether to join or not:“I’m very happy in my life and my career, and it’s difficult to decide.”

Paulinho reported being happy living in China, but he was “happy that a big club like Barcelona were interested in him,” calling it “priceless.”

Meanwhile, Diario SPORT report Barcelona are negotiating with Paulinho. The report says the club likes his performances for the Brazilian national team and think that, at 28, he’s at the prime of his career and ready to challenge for a starting spot.

This rumor is picking up steam.

Personally, I don’t understand the chase for him or Lucas Lima, another middling Brazilian midfielder. The truth is, Barcelona already has a ton of decent or OK midfielders. What the team really needs is a star. That’s clearly Marco Verratti, but failing that, the Catalans should look for someone a tier below, not several tiers below.

Unless, that is, Ernesto Valverde has some secret plan for those kinds of signings that’s not apparent yet... but I don’t see it.