Barcelona have been given fresh hope in the potential signing of Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande.
The Catalan club have held a firm interest in the Brazilian midfielder this summer but have been unable to strike a deal with the Chinese Super League side.
However, following news of Evergrande’s breach of financial regulations – it now seems a move could happen.
The CSL club and thirteen other clubs in the league were threatened with expulsion by the Chinese Football Association due to unpaid debts on player transfers, salaries, bonuses and administration fees.
Champions Evergrande were named in an official letter sent to the CFA by the Asian Football Conderation, telling them they have until August 31 to clear the debts or they will not be considered for inclusion in the league next season.
“Those (clubs) who fail to solve the debt problem or miss the deadline will be disqualified from any China professional football leagues from 2018, according to the CFA Professional League Club Entry Requirements and Review Guidelines,” the letter said as released by The Telegraph.
Reports in Spanish press now claim that the Chinese club will look to cash in on the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and pay off their debts ready for next season.
New Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde wants the 29-year-old to join Nelson Semedo, Gerard Deulofeu and Marlon as the club’s new signings this summer.
Source: La Liga News