Neymar hopes Brazilian pal Paulinho signs with Barcelona

And despite Barcelona offering a fee so far below the CSL club’s valuation of their player, Paulinho is still hopeful a deal can be struck that would allow him to join a star-studded club.The 28-year-old has been blocked from moving to Barca due to the costs involved to replace him.Paulinho, who has spent the last two years in the Chinese Super League, endured a hard time during his last spell in Europe, where he struggled to make an impact at Tottenham. Verratti is said to be pondering a potential departure from the Parc des Princes, with Barcelona predsident Josep Maria Bartomeu stating “we want Verratti”. “The clause in my contract is €40m and I believe Barca offered €20m and that Guangzhou rejected the offer”, he told Brazilian outlet Band on Sunday.”I’m in a marvellous moment of my career, of my life, I think that when you’e in a moment like this, things in the end happen naturally”.Neymar told Sport: ‘I hope Paulinho signs for Barça.”If the two clubs reach an agreement, my bit with Barca will be very easy”.Barcelona missed out on winning La Liga last season and new manager Erneston Valverde is intent upon improving his squad. He described Barcelona as “the best team I’ve ever seen, with great players, great fans, a lovely stadium and a spectacular city”.For his part, Paulinho remains confident a move can be worked out and admitted he is thinking about a possible transfer to Barcelona.Barcelona have made no secret of their desire to bolster their midfield this summer.