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Barcelona confirm Guangzhou Evergrande have activated Paulinho’s buy-back option early

The midfielder’s loan move has been made permanent

Barcelona v Real Madrid - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona have confirmed that Guangzhou Evergrande have activated the buy-back clause in Paulinho’s loan deal ahead of schedule.

The Brazil international returned to the Chinese Super League side on a season-long loan in July, but the move had already been made official.

Barcelona have not confirmed how much Paulinho has been sold for and reports vary from €42m to €50m. Either way it’s more than the €40m Barca paid in summer 2017.

The acquisition of Paulinho was largely mocked when he first arrived, largely due to his previous struggles with Tottenham.

However, he scored 9 La Liga goals for Barcelona in his season at the Camp Nou and played a role in their league and cup double success.

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