Barcelona’s bid for Paulinho might have been turned down, but Neymar hopes the Catalan giants can still get him to the club, stating he would “welcome him with open arms”.
Earlier this week, Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande confirmed they had rejected a bid from Barcelona for the Brazilian midfielder.
Paulinho himself has also spoken about the matter several times, most recently saying he would be a hypocrite if he said he hadn’t had his head turned by Barça’s interest. Brazil team-mate Neymar would love to see his compatriot come to Barça.
“I hope Paulinho signs for Barça,” Neymar said. “He is a friend and a great player, everyone would receive him with open arms. He’s got great quality, everyone has seen what he can do when he plays for the national team.”