Barcelona are set to meet the release clause of Guangzhou Evergrande and Brazil midfielder Paulinho, reports Catalan radio station RAC1.
News of Barca’s interest in the former Tottenham player began in late June, but cooled quickly when Barcelona were told they needed to activate Paulinho’s €40 million release clause to complete the transfer.
However, following growing reports of what will be the biggest transfer in football history, involving the sale of star player Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Barca will hasten their efforts to reinforce the squad.
Paulinho has revived his career in the Chinese Super League, where he is currently in the middle of the 2017 campaign with top of the table Guangzhou Evergrande after 19 games.
He has proven quite prolific in the Far East, returning a total of 27 goals in 92 appearances since joining the club in 2015, and earned his way back into Brazil’s national team set-up.
Barcelona are also in discussions with Liverpool for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho, but the English club are hesitant to sell outside of an exuberant fee, especially with knowledge of Barca’s remuneration for the sale of Neymar.
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