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Barcelona to sign Paulinho from China for $47 million

Kawasaki Frontale v Guangzhou Evergrande FC - AFC Champions League Group G

KAWASAKI, JAPAN - APRIL 12: Paulinho of Guangzhou Evergrande looks on during the AFC Champions League Group G match between Kawasaki Frontale and Guangzhou Evergrande at Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium on April 12, 2017 in Kawasaki, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona says it has reached a deal with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande to buy Brazil midfielder Paulinho for 40 million euros ($47 million).

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The Spanish club says that Paulinho will sign a four-year contract after a medical exam on Thursday.

Paulinho is set to be Barcelona’s first signing since Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros ($262 million) last week.

The 29-year-old Paulinho played for Tottenham for two seasons before moving to Guangzhou in 2015. He has made 41 appearances for the Brazil national team.