Barcelona spend first €40m of Neymar money on former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho

He spent two seasons at Tottenham after moving to Europe from former club Corinthians

He spent two seasons at Tottenham after moving to Europe from former club Corinthians

FC Barcelona have been looking to increase their midfield depth this summer in a number of ways.

After plenty of rumours in the back pages, former Tottenham player Paulinho is now a Barcelona player.

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Brazil worldwide and former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho will travel to Spain to complete a move to Barcelona on Sunday after the Catalan club activated the Guangzhou Evergrande player's buy-out clause, Chinese media reported.

Guangzhou now lead the Chinese Super League standings and are in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League.Paulinho also shone at the global level in the past year, and scored a hat-trick in Brazil's 4-1 victory over Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier in March.

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During his time in the Premier League, Brazilian midfielder Paulinho struggled to really make an impact in England, but after a successful stint in the Chinese Super League, the 29-year-old has just completed one of the shock deals of the summer.

Bayern Munich were keen on snapping him up at one stage, with Carlo Ancelotti holding talks with the player, but no formal discussions were opened and Paulinho is now heading to Barcelona. Paulinho can contribute on both sides of the ball, and will be a more versatile alternative to defensive-minded players such as Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto.

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Barcelona are in the process of reinvesting the £200m they made from selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, with Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele also being linked with moves to the Nou Camp.

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