Barcelona are reportedly in talks to sign Brazilian Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande. The 28-year-old has a release clause of £35m which the Catalan club are trying to negotiate.
Paulinho joined his current employers from Tottenham Hotspurs whom he joined in the summer of 2013 for a then club-record fee of £17m and was a key figure in the side during his first season.
Further lack of chances in the side frustrated the player into accepting a move to China, however he’s since rediscovered his great form and thus earned call ups to international duty with the Brazil national team.
The rules in China say that Chinese clubs have to pay a new 100 per cent tax if they sign a foreign player – a factor which has caused many clubs to apply caution sales and buys from external leagues in europe, the regulations kicked off after Oscar’s £60m move to Shanghai SPG from Chelsea in January.
Paulinho’s manager at club level, Felipe Scolari told reportaters about his displeasure in watching the deal possibly pulling through “His release clause is €40m (£35m) and none of the Chinese clubs will let their key players go because it would be difficult and expensive to find a replacement due to the new rules.”