Guangzhou Evergrande have rejected Barcelona’s advances for Brazilian midfielder Paulinho.
The Primera Division side were keen to lure the 28-year-old former Corinthians and Tottenham Hotspur man to the Nou Camp, but his Chinese Super League side say Paulinho is too important for their team.
#GuangzhouEvergrande rejeita proposta de 20 milhões de euros por @paulinhop8. Após Barcelona apresentar proposta oficialmente, o time de Guangzhou enviou uma nota através de seu diretor: . "Tendo em conta o fato que o atleta renovou contato em janeiro de 2017 e também por ser um membro importante na equipe respondemos a proposta do Barcelona. Discordamos da oferta e não temos plano de transferência. Agradecemos ao Barcelona pelo reconhecimento nos nossos atletas." #FuteboldaChina
A bid of around €20million was reportedly made for the imposing midfielder who has excelled in China, and who signed a new contract in January until 2020.
A statement from Guangzhou read: "Paulinho, having already renewed his contract in January 2017, is an important player for our club's long-term project.
"Therefore, our club have given a formal response to Barcelona that we reject their bid for Paulinho.
"We would like to express our gratitude to Barcelona who have reserved a high degree of admiration for our club as well as our player."