Having already lost Andres Iniesta, FC Barcelona’s third departure of the transfer window has now been confirmed.
Paulinho has now decided to join Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande on a season-long loan.
The Brazil international joined only Barca from Evergrande at the start of last season, but is now returning to Asia.
The Chinese outfit confirmed the midfielder’s arrival on their official website Sunday afternoon.
A statement from the club read,” “We firmly believe that the return of Paulinho will comprehensively enhance the overall strength of the Guangzhou team, enhance the team’s midfield defensive hardness and offensive intensity, upgrade the speed and depth of the team’s three-dimensional attack, accelerate the team’s optimised formation combination and tactical cooperation, greatly enhance the enthusiasm of Evergrande fans, encourage the team to work together to create a brilliant future for Guangzhou football!”
The 29-year-old made 49 appearances for the Catalan giants in all competitions, as they went on to win LaLiga and the Copa del Rey,