Barcelona have agreed personal terms with Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho, according to reports.
The Spanish side are understood to be ready to make an offer in the coming days with the deal expected to go through next week.
Sport claims that Paulinho has agreed terms of €5 million a year with Barca, which means he will be taking a paycut to join the La Liga club.
The Brazil international, who spent two largely unsuccessful seasons with Tottenham between 2013 and 2015, is thought to be valued at €40 million by the Chinese Super League side.
That figure is two times the €20m that the Blaugrana were hoping to pay for the 28-year-old with Guangzhou only shelling out €14m for the midfielder in 2015.
Neymar is keen for Paulinho to join him at the Camp Nou and has reportedly been ‘lobbying’ the Barca hierarchy to complete the deal.