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.
La Junta Directiva ha estat informada que el Guangzhou Evergrande ja ha fet efectiva la clàusula d’opció de compra del jugador Paulinho, en compliment de l’acord subscrit al juliol passat, després d’un període de cessió pic.twitter.com/Oj8wb0pjxQ— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) January 15, 2019
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.