Tottenham fans will not have fond memories of Paulinho.
The Brazilian arrived at White Hart Lane as one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ bought with the proceeds of Gareth Bale’s sale to Real Madrid, but like most of the group, he struggled to impress.
It was an extremely frustrating two years in north London for the 28-year-old. At international level, he had shown he definitely had talent.
Likewise, since moving to the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande, he has recovered his form.
Many will dismiss that as being indicative of the level of football in the Far East, but his performances have not gone unnoticed.
Goal report that Barcelona are now negotiating with Guangzhou having first enquired about his availability in the New Year.
He has hit 24 goals in 87 appearances in China, a record which has helped his side win two titles during his time there.
Barca are looking to bring in central midfielders, though their fans will have been hoping for the likes of Marco Verratti, as opposed to a player who struggled the last time he played in a top European league.