Paulinho will take a pay cut for Barcelona move

Paulinho says he will take a pay cut to join Barcelona after rubbishing claims that Guangzhou Evergrande have rejected an offer from the La Liga giants.

The 28-year-old has seen his stock rise in China after signing for the Super League side from Tottenham Hotspur in 2015.

He has already won the AFC Champions League, the Chinese Super League twice, the Chinese FA Cup and the Chinese FA Super Cup two times.

Barca reportedly made an bid worth €20million, but Paulinho told Mundo Deportivo: "I was a little surprised that Guangzhou had not responded to Barca yet and it came out in the press here that they had rejected the offer. 

"I could not talk to my president yet because we travel to Beijing to play, but I hope that if Barca come, Guangzhou will be flexible and the signing can be confirmed."

"In 2011, when I was in Corinthians, I received an offer from Russia that offered me to win 10 times more than in Brazil and I answered: 'What I can do with five, I can do with two.'

"Money for me never came first. A player can make money at any team he goes to. The important thing for me is to be happy with the decision that I am making. 

"China is now a financial giant, but for me the money was not a priority, so if Barca offer me a proposal which is less than in Guangzhou, for me it is not a problem because I value the option of being able to play in a great European league, surrounded by great players.

"The dream of being able to win the Champions League is something that you have with Barca, and with the team that is there, I can achieve it."

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