Paulinho unlikely to complete Barcelona move: Scolari

Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has received an offer from Barcelona and admits he now faces a hard decision.

Paulinho has played for Tottenham Hotspur in the past, but after failing to secure a regular role in the English Premier League, he's been featuring for Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League.

However, Mundo Deportivo notes the 28-year-old is Barca's fallback in the event they can not strike a deal for Verratti, who is a "priority".

In an interview with Brazil's Globoesporte, Paulinho said his agent Giuliano Bertolucci is negotiating with Barcelona officials, Xinhua news agency reported.

"I'm very happy with my life and career at the moment and it's hard to make a decision". I would have to weigh up a lot of things before making a decision - first of all I have to consider what my wife would say - we live well in China.

Chinese clubs have broken the Asian transfer record on three occasions over the last 18 months, with Jackson Martinez's move to Guangzhou from Atletico Madrid setting a new benchmark last January. It makes me feel happy that a great club like Barcelona is interested in me - that's priceless.

"I have no deadline to give an answer, I have been talking to my agentdaily".

Two years later and Paulinho is impressing in the Chinese Super League and for the Brazil national team, even scoring a hat-trick earlier this year, and now the Liga giants are keen.

Barca know Paulinho's Guangzhou Evergrande deal carries a €40 million buyout clause and they're willing to match it.

But he was proud to discuss an approach from Barca, even though he concedes their interest could leave him with a hard decision to make.

Six minutes later, the other two Brazilian helped the host to expand the lead to 2-0 as Alan scored from Paulinho's free kick, which hit the defensive wall.

  • Julie Sanders