Former Tottenham flop Paulinho has sealed a shock move to the Nou Camp
Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande for €40million (£36.37million).
The 29-year-old is set to undergo his medical with Barca on Thursday and, if all goes to plan, he will sign a four-year contract and be presented on the same day, the Catalan giants have announced.
Barca have also revealed that the Brazil international will have a €120m (£109.1m) release clause in his contract.
Paulinho makes the move of his career, and perhaps the most surprising in some years, having spent two seasons in the Chinese Super League.
He was offloaded to Guangzhou for £9.9m in the summer of 2015 after a disappointing spell at Tottenham, where he was considered a flop after failing to live up to his £17m price tag.
The midfielder has scored nine goals across 41 appearances for Brazil and was part of the side who won the Conderferations Cup in 2013.
Paulinho, who had been linked with Barca throughout the summer, becomes the Catalan club’s third addition since the end of last season, following the arrivals of defender Nelson Semedo from Benfica and playmaker Gerard Deulofeu from Everton.
He is the first signing since the departure of his fellow Brazilian Neymar, though, as Barca begin to reinvest the world-record é222m (£200.6m) fee they received when the striker made a shock move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.
Barca are in the hunt for more reinforcements and have had bids for Liverpool schemer Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele turned down.
The Copa del Rey holders suffered defeat in their first competitive match under new coach Ernesto Valverde, who replaced Luis Enrique in May, on Sunday night when they were beaten 3-1 at home by Real Madrid in the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana.