Sunday’s Supercopa de Espana defeat to Real Madrid highlighted the need for Barcelona to spend and improve their team, and on Monday Los Cules took their first step towards this as they announced Paulinho as the fourth most expensive signing in their history.

Dealing with Guangzhou Evergrande had proven more difficult than anticipated and ultimately Barcelona were forced to pay the 40 million euros release clause embedded into the 29-year-old’s contract.This is the same figure which the Blaugrana parted with in order to make two previous signings in their history, Marc Overmars and David Villa, and there are only three bigger investments.


1.Neymar’s 88.2 million euros arrival from Santos remains the most expensive signing Barcelona have ever made, he is also the most expensive sale the club has ever overseen,

2. Following the Brazilian is Luis Suarez at 81.7m euros

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was bought for 69.5m euros

4. At 40m euros the deal to bring Paulinho to the Camp Nou is the most expensive LaLiga transfer this summer ahead of Vitolo, Nelson Semedo and Theo Hernandez.-