Barcelona’s first signing following the mega sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain was Paulinho, though his underwhelming transfer is underlined by the amount of shirts the club have sold.
PSG were selling a Neymar No.10 shirt for £140 a pop. And the club sold over 10,000 in just one bloody day which equates to £1.4 million.
Though while Paulinho obviously isn’t the commercial force unlike his compatriot, selling ONE shirt is just embarrassing.
According to Goal, Barcelona sold one Paulinho shirt from the clubs mega store on the day of his official unveiling.
Only ONE Paulinho Barcelona shirt has been sold at the club’s shop yesterday… 😳😱
— Football Stuff (@FootbalIStuff) 18. kolovoza 2017.
The Catalans signed the ex-Spurs midfielder from Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande for £36.4 million.
The Brazilian returns to Europe after enduring a miserable spell in the Premier League. In 2015, he joined the Far East revolution.
Barcelona officially present the signing of Paulinho to the media. Image: PA
Paulinho performs the customary kick-ups during his presentation. Image: PA
But after two seasons in China, the 29-year-old is back plying his trade in one of the majors leagues in the world.
Meanwhile, Ernesto Valverde is fresh off not one but two El Clasico defeats.
Real Madrid pipped them to the Spanish Super Cup after inflicting their fierce rivals with a 5-1 aggregate defeat.
A dejected Lionel Messi after the Bernabeu defeat. Image: PA
Valverde and Co. will look to rebound from the loss as they open their La Liga campaign at home to Real Betis on Sunday night.
While the defending champions face a trip to Deportivo La Coruna on the same evening.
The La Liga is a few days from being back!