Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

DREAM TEAM

Your Sun

A News UK Company
TOP
ALWAYS TROLLING

Are Real Madrid the reason behind Barcelona’s struggles to sign Paulinho?

Guangzhou Evergrande's president is reportedly a friend of Florentino Perez- complicating attempts to sign the Brazilian

Paulinho to Barcelona. The strangest deal of the summer.

Those who watched him flounder at Spurs will know that he’s not the calibre of player required to wrestle La Liga from the hands of Real Madrid’s world class midfield.

But if Madrid have it their own way Paulinho won’t be ending up anywhere near Barcelona this summer.

WANT TO PLAY FANTASY FOOTBALL? SIGN UP HERE

Paulinho > Modric, Casemiro & Kroos

Getty Images
3
Paulinho > Modric, Casemiro & Kroos

Allow us to explain.

Guangzhou Evergrande’s president Xu Jiayin is friends with Madrid president Florentino Perez, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Madrid and Evergrande share a football school, training around 2,5000 children each day, and both clubs have links to each other’s websites on their own sites.

The Cruyff turn was actually named after Paulinho

Rex Features
3
The Cruyff turn was actually named after Paulinho

Mundo’s report doesn’t go further than that, so should be taken with a heavy pinch of salt, but there’s no denying that Barcelona are struggling to get the deal over the line.

Barcelona’s £20million bid for the former Spurs midfielder was rejected, with Evergrande maintaining that they won’t sell until January.

Evergrande are in a battle for the Chinese Super League this season, leading Shanghai SIPG by one point at the top of the table.

When you hear Barcelona have had their bid rejected

Getty Images
3
When you hear Barcelona have had their bid rejected

Paulinho has been a key player for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side this season, so it’s highly unlikely that he’ll leave unless Barcelona table a giant offer.

Why don’t they try Benoit Assou-Ekotto instead?

Sign up to play Dream Team 2017/18 now