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Barcelona are willing to pay actual money for former Spurs flop Paulinho

The Catalan giants have opened talks with Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande for the ex-White Hart Lane midfielder

Tottenham fans probably won’t recall Paulinho too fondly. 

The Brazilian midfielder was once Spurs’ record signing when he joined the club for £17million back in 2013, but went onto do very little before falling into obscurity.

Crikey, remember him?

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Crikey, remember him?

But fast forward a few years, and he’s now set for a move to Barcelona via the Chinese Super League.

The 28-year-old is reportedly a major transfer target for the Catalans this summer, who’ve so far seen an initial bid of €20 million rejected by his current club Guangzhou Evergrande.

However, the Brazil international remains confident he’ll be heading to Camp Nou before the start of the new season.

And he’s pretty modest about it too.

To be fair, it is pretty funny

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To be fair, it is pretty funny

Speaking to Brazilian TV, he said: “I’m a transparent person, I’m not a hypocrite, it’s clear I’m thinking about Barcelona.

“The chance to play at Barcelona, alongside great players has arisen, I could be part of a team full of cracks.”

We’ve done a little digging and apparently “un crack” is a Spanish phrase for a star of a football team.

Yeah, we’re sceptical too.

He still plays for Brazil too, against people like *him*

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He still plays for Brazil too, against people like *him*

He went onto say:”There was an official offer from Barcelona, the president of Guangzhou spoke to them and a deal was not reached.

“My clause is €40m and according to my agent, Barcelona’s offer was €20m and Guangzhou did not accept it.

“I’m in a marvellous moment of my career, of my life, I think that when you’e in a moment like this, things in the end happen naturally.”

Here he is playing for everyone’s favourite club Guangzhou Evergrande

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Here he is playing for everyone’s favourite club Guangzhou Evergrande

Honestly, we can think of a few more meanings for “crack”.


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