Barca could sue over Paulinho allegations

Barcelona have threatened legal action over reports stating that president Josep Maria Bartomeu will benefit from the transfer of Paulinho.

The 29-year-old Brazilian former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder joined the Primera Division club from Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao for €40million.

He has agreed a four-year deal and will be officially presented to his new fans on Thursday.

But ahead of his unveiling, Barca have released a statement condemning allegations that Bartomeu’s company had some illicit involvement in the move.

A statement from Barcelona read: “This morning FC Barcelona have requested a retraction [from] the authors of the article, as well as the media outlet that published the story, in which the president of the club, Josep Maria Bartomeu, is accused of having signed the player Paulinho

“Given the false nature of this news story and the fact that it implies an illegal activity has taken place, if a retraction is not forthcoming both the club and the president as an individual will take the corresponding legal steps.

“These steps will include a specific request for damages incurred with regards to the image of the club.

“FC Barcelona will not tolerate false information to be published which may damage the club or those who form part of said club and it calls for professional responsibility from those who have made use of the story without corroborating the information published.”