Barcelona new signing Paulinho makes his La Liga debut

His signing may not have the most exciting for some of the club’s fans, but it was still a special moment for Paulinho as he was handed his Barcelona debut in Saturday’s clash with Alaves.

The Brazilian midfielder was kept on the bench from the start, but was brought on for the first time in the final minutes of the contest to replace Andres Iniesta.

In truth there was very little time for the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder to show his talents, but he did manage to arrive at the Alaves penalty area to create danger on one occasion.

His signing created significant debate amongst supporters, with Los Cules eventually forced to pay his 40 million euro release clause after weeks of negotiating.

Ernesto Valverde strongly believes he will improve the club’s midfield.

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