BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says it has reached a deal with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande to buy Brazil midfielder Paulinho for €40 million (US$47 million).
The Spanish club says that Paulinho will sign a four-year contract after a medical exam on Thursday.
He is set to be Barcelona's first signing since Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record €222 million ($262 million) last week.
The 29-year-old Paulinho played for Tottenham for two seasons before moving to Guangzhou in 2015. He has made 41 appearances for the Brazil national team.