The Camp Nou outfits have reached an agreement with Guangzhou Evergrande which will see the Brazil international midfielder return to Europe from China.
Paulinho has bidded farewell to his Guangzhou Evergrande team-mates as he nears a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Reports claims, in June that Paulinho had emerged as a top target for the Camp Nou club, but three offers from Catalonia declined, with the most recent one totalling €25m.
La Liga giant not relenting in their pursuit, moreso, Guangzhou’s desire to hold on to Paulinho, are set to snap him up after putting together a package which meets the release clause in his contract.
The midfielder bid farewell to everyone at Guangzhou after Saturday’s training session and will miss their next match against Henan Jianye as he will be flying out to Spain today for his medical.
Having made a move in the summer of 2015, Paulinho won two league titles, two Super Cups, one domestic cup and the AFC Champions League during his time in Asia.
Thursday’s 3-0 win over Liaoning Whowin, in which he opened the scoring, will be his last game for the side.
He will be hoping to add to that trophy collection with Barca in 2017-18
Bayern Munich were keen on snapping him up at one stage, with Carlo Ancelotti holding talks with the player, but no formal discussions were opened and Paulinho is now heading to Barcelona.