According to a report from Mundo Deportivo this afternoon, new Barcelona signing Paulinho paid a sizeable chunk of his own release clause to ensure his transfer to Catalunya went through.
Following weeks of speculation linking Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho with a move to the Camp Nou, Barca officially announced his signature via the club’s social media channels this afternoon:
Paulinho Bezerra, nuevo jugador del FC Barcelona https://t.co/uaOnuZghHU
👋 ¡Bienvenido Paulinho!
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) August 14, 2017
The Blaugrana netted the 41-time capped Selecao man for 40 million Euro, with Paulinho putting pen-to-paper on a 4-year contract with the La Liga giants.
However, as per the aforementioned report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona did not act alone in activating Paulinho’s Guangzhou Evergrande release clause.
MD claim that the South American himself forked out a hefty 7.5 million Euro to ensure his transfer went through, with the dynamic midfielder desperate to ply his trade with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez over the coming season.
This report would seem to back up previous claims that Ernesto Valverde’s outfit were not willing to pay the entirety of Paulinho’s clause, a fact which had thrown the deal into major doubt last month.