Paulinho returns to Chinese Super League

Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Paulinho celebrates with Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez after scoring during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona against RC Deportivo de la Coruna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December

Brazil midfielder Paulinho has rejoined Guangzhou Evergrande on loan from Barcelona, the Chinese Super League club said on Monday.

"FC Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the loan transfer of Paulinho Bezerra for one season, with a subsequent purchase option for the Chinese club", a statement on Barcelona's website read.

At global level, Paulinho has made 55 appearances for Brazil, scoring 13 goals.

The 29-year-old only joined the Spanish giants last summer in a €40 million deal from Evergrande.

Colombia's Yerry Mina is another player whose future appears uncertain at Camp Nou, with interest from Everton arising for the central defender.

Previously, Paulinho, who turns 30 on July 25, helped Guangzhou to three consecutive league titles and an Asian Champions League during his first spell in China.

"I hope to bring more championships to Guangzhou and Guangzhou fans".

Although the total amount of 88m euros reflects a negative moment in Guangzhou Evergrande's budget, the team have also suffered on field during the Brazilian's absence.

His aggression coupled with his knack for scoring goals added an extra dimension to Blaugrana's overall gameplay.

With the arrival of Arthur Melo from Grêmio, Paulinho's position in the pecking order was always in question.



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