Neymar hopes Brazilian pal Paulinho signs with Barcelona

The Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder has been linked to a move to the La Liga giants and has a supporter in his international team-mate.

  Neymar has voiced his support of Barcelona signing his friend and international team-mate Paulinho.

The 28-year-old Paulinho is currently starring for Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League after a disappointing spell with Tottenham Hotspur.

However, that poor spell in England has not deterred the La Liga giants, who had a €20 million bid publicly rejected by the Chinese club, who insisted the will not sell.

While there has been plenty of debate about the merits of such a move by Barcelona, Neymar is on board with the efforts and says he hopes the club can secure the services of his international team-mate.

The Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder has been linked to a move to the La Liga giants and has a supporter in his international team-mate

Neymar has voiced his support of Barcelona signing his friend and international team-mate Paulinho.

The 28-year-old Paulinho is currently starring for Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League after a disappointing spell with Tottenham Hotspur.

However, that poor spell in England has not deterred the La Liga giants, who had a €20 million bid publicly rejected by the Chinese club, who insisted the will not sell.

While there has been plenty of debate about the merits of such a move by Barcelona, Neymar is on board with the efforts and says he hopes the club can secure the services of his international team-mate.

Paulinho admits to Barca offer

The Catalans' move for the Brazilian midfielder is baffling. At his best, the 28-year-old is a tough-tackling, high-energy midfielder, but one that still seems unsuited to Barca's playing style. And he has had to rebuild his career in China after an indifferent spell at Tottenham.

Paulinho was one of the players brought in by Spurs to make up for the departure of Gareth Bale, yet he never really stood out in England. Aside from one wonderful winner away to Cardiff, there was little to write home about. And when Guangzhou Evergrande offered £10 million to take the player to China, Tottenham could not believe their luck.

So why would Barcelona want him? In fairness to Paulinho, he has done well in China, establishing himself as one of the standout players in an albeit limited league. Under his former Brazil boss Luiz-Felipe Scolari, he has looked like the Paulinho of old, the one that impressed at Corinthians and also in the 2013 Confederations Cup.

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