Barcelona's rather baffling attempts to land Paulinho have continued with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande confirming they have rejected an offer from the Blaugrana.
Barca's pursuit of the Brazilian midfielder is one of the most eyebrow-raising sagas of the transfer window so far, and fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your view) it's not going too well.
"Paulinho, having already renewed his contract in January 2017, is an important player for our club's long-term project," the club said in an official statement
"Therefore, our club have given a formal response to Barcelona that we reject their bid for Paulinho.
"We would like to express our gratitude to Barcelona who have reserved a high degree of admiration for our club as well as our player."
Barca reportedly offered €20m for the 28-year-old, although manager Luiz Felipe Scolari had already hinted any move from the Blaugrana looked destined to fail.
Will Barca now turn to other targets? Let's hope so, although securing any of their midfield targets is looking extremely difficult at present.
The latest rumors have suggested Marco Verratti will not be allowed to leave Paris Saint-Germain, and it may well be time for Barca to consider a possible Plan C.
If not Verratti when who? Let us know which midfielder you'd like Barca to sign in the comments below!