Nine days after Barcelona received a record €222 million for Neymar, the Catalan giants have completed their first signing since his departure, but many have questioned the £36.5 million arrival.

After plenty of rumours in the back pages, former Tottenham player Paulinho is now a Barcelona player.

During his time in the Premier League, Brazilian midfielder Paulinho struggled to really make an impact in England, but after a successful stint in the Chinese Super League, the 29-year-old has just completed one of the shock deals of the summer.

To be fair, Paulinho has been an integral part of Brazil's side since Tite took over as national team manager in June last year after the team had a miserable time in the Copa América Centenario.

But his time in the Premier League with Spurs has somewhat diminished his reputation following a hefty £17 million switch from Corinthians in 2013.

He made 45 appearances for the club in a two year stint, but was then sold to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande for £9.9 million.

The 28 year old has been a key player under Luiz Felipe Scolari in the past 12 months, but is he good enough for Barcelona?

He had a contract with the CSL side until 2020 and he was said to be enjoying his time in the Far East, but clearly a move to La Liga was too good to turn down.

According to The Daily Mail, the deal is now complete.

Do you think the signing of Paulinho is a good one for Barcelona ahead of the new season?

Let us know your thoughts.

(H/T: The Daily Mail)

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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