Barcelona raised eyebrows when they paid
Chinese Super League club Guangzhou
Evergrande £36.4million (€40m) to sign Paulinho
The 29-year-old seemed a surprise choice to add
to new boss Ernesto Valverde's squad, especially
with the huge loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-
But Paulinho has impressed in his first few
months at the Nou Camp and is the highest-
scoring midfielder in La Liga this season with six
And the Brazil international has opened up his
secret chat with Barca superstar Messi prior to
Brazil were playing Argentina in a friendly back
in June when Lionel Messi came up behind
Paulinho as he was lining up a free-kick and
spoke to him.
According to the MailOnline , Messi said: "So are
we off to Barcelona or what?"
Paulinho told him: "If you are going to take me
with you then I'll come."
He added: "In football you just never know
"My representative called me and said: 'We are
talking to Barcelona '.
"My attitude was: 'When you have something
concrete then we'll sit down and decide if it is
right for me.
"I'm here in China and I don't need anything
crazy in my career right now'.
"It was crazy, but in a good way and he knew it.
'This is Barcelona we are talking about,' I kept
saying, 'This is not just any club'.