Paulinho has sealed a loan move back to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande just 11 months after joining Barcelona for €40 million, both clubs have announced.
The Chinese Super League champions have an option to buy after the expiration of the loan deal.
Paulinho’s move to Barcelona raised many eyebrows last summer and he was seen as a trailblazer for players who moved to China and could find their way back to European top flight football.
He played 49 times during his solitary season at the Camp Nou scoring 9 goals in all competitions as he won the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup titles.
Paulinho, who turns 30 on July 25, helped Guangzhou to three consecutive league titles and an Asian Champions League crown during his previous spell in China.
He was part of the Brazil squad eliminated in the quarterfinal of the ongoing World Cup by Belgium, and he played in all of his side’s five matches where he scored a goal against Serbia.