July 8, 2018 / 8:48 PM / in 3 months

Brazilian Paulinho returns to China's Guangzhou

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Brazil midfielder Paulinho is leaving Barcelona after one season to rejoin Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, the Spanish champions said on Sunday.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Serbia vs Brazil - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 27, 2018 Brazil's Paulinho celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

“FC Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the loan transfer of Paulinho Bezerra for one season, with a mandatory purchase option for the Chinese club,” Barca said in a statement on their website.

Paulinho, 29, scored nine goals in 49 appearances for the Catalans after signing for 40 million euros ($47 million) last August, helping them win the La Liga and King’s Cup double.

He was part of Brazil’s World Cup squad, scoring in their 2-0 group-stage win over Serbia.

Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond

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