Barca midfielder, Paulinho hints at China return

Barca midfielder, Paulinho hints at China return

Barcelona midfielder Paulinho may be exiting the La Liga sooner than expected for another stint in the Chinese Super League where he has confirmed he has an offer to return to.

Paulinho joined Barca last August from Guangzhou Evergrande and despite impressing at Camp Nou the 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to his former club.

Speaking after playing in Brazil’s 2-1 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Belgium, Paulinho acknowledged he has offers on the table as he plots his next move.

“I’m going to Barcelona to talk to my representative about this matter,” he told reporters.

“I have an offer from China and another from another club, although it is not certain that I will go. We have to talk.”

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Although not always a guaranteed starter under Ernesto Valverde last season, Paulinho racked up 49 appearances for the LaLiga and Copa del Rey winners last season, scoring nine goals.