Barcelona confirms €40m deal for former Spurs flop Paulinho

Barcelona made its first purchase since selling Neymar for €222m, bringing in the Brazilian midfielder from Guangzhou Evergrande.

Paulinho is Ernesto Valverde's first signing since the world-record €222m sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona has struck a €40million deal to sign Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao.

The Brazil international will finalise his move to the La-Liga giant upon completing a medical and agreeing terms on a reported four-year deal on Thursday.

The 29-year-old will be Ernesto Valverde's first signing since the world-record €222m sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barca has not confirmed the length of Paulinho's contract, but has stated that it will include a €120m buy-out clause.

It comes after weeks of speculation over his future and marks an impressive revival in Paulinho's career.

Having struggled to convince at Tottenham following a move from Corinthians in 2013, he left to join Guangzhou two years later to link up with former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Paulinho helped the club to win six trophies, including two league titles and the AFC Champions League, and his performances earned him a recall to the national team.