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Ernesto Valverde willing to let Barcelona star leave for better offers

The Barcelona manager has shockingly revealed that he’s ready to let this midfield maestro leave if a better offer is made to him

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde reportedly doesn’t see summer signing Paulinho as a part of his system and has come out in open to suggest he’s ready to sell him should a potential suitor show up.

The Brazilian was signed last summer for a fee of €40 million from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, and has made an impact in his debut campaign. After enduring a slow start to life in the Catalan capital, Paulinho gradually acclimatized to the surroundings and went on to become a fan favourite. He’s also struck 9 times and assisted twice in 39 appearances in all competitions so far.

Yet, the former Tottenham Hotspur star doesn’t find himself in the Spanish manager’s plans for the future. And if reports are to be believed, is also ready to let him leave, provided Barcelona get a lucrative offer for him.

The Blaugrana went off the limits to sign the star who failed to impress in the Premier League and then plied his trade in the lesser environs of China. His signing raised many an eyebrows as the Catalans were landed a barrage of questions at their feet upon the acquisition of a supposedly fading player. But Paulinho’s impressive showings suggest they saw something in the move which nobody else did.

The 29-year old has shown signs of life in his game and with time, can become a regular one day and also produce more going forward. But Valverde’s comments might have jolted the fans out of the blue. It also throws Barcelona’s plans under the bus as selling him within a year would leave the strategy with which he was brought, hamstrung.

It would also be interesting to see how the Catalans reimburse the price paid to rope him in.

Author’s Take

Paulinho has showed he still hasn’t lost the touch and at 29, may have a lot left in the tank. He only needs some time to fully hit the throttle with Barcelona and on current evidence, one wouldn’t bet against that. For Valverde to say he isn’t in the plans is definitely a shocker, but coming weeks should clear the smoke.

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