Paulinho has been unveiled as Barcelona’s latest new signing at the Nou Camp following a £36.5m move from Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande.
The Brazilian underwent a medical with club doctors before putting pen-to-paper on a long-term agreement before being presented with the club’s No 15 shirt.
He then took to the Nou Camp pitch to be paraded in front of the media and fans but became the butt of jokes on social media after he struggled with the traditional keepy-uppies, appearing to lose control of the ball after only four kicks.
Barcelona are close to agreeing deals for both Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, according to the Catalan club’s general manager, Josep Segura.
Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou after handing in a transfer request at Anfield, with reports in the Catalan press suggesting a deal is now just days away, although Liverpool insist the Brazil international is not for sale and have already rejected a £90.4m offer from Barcelona.
Dortmund have turned down an identical offer for their France international Dembele, who is currently serving an internal suspension at the German club after missing training amid the speculation surrounding his future.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is desperate to sign reinforcements after seeing his side suffer a 5-1 aggregate defeat to bitter rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.
Segura insists Barca are closing in on their two main two transfer targets as they look to replace Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £200m move earlier this month.
“We are discussing the conditions of Coutinho and Dembele. We are close, obviously, but as long as we don’t have the deal closed, we cannot say anything,” Segura told TV3.
When asked if he believed if the pair would both move to Barcelona this summer, Segura replied: “We hope.”
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets reiterated his calls for fresh signings following the heavy defeat to Madrid on Wednesday night.
“It’s clear signings are needed,” Busquets said. “We have to strengthen the squad. We need attacking players to compensate for Neymar.
“But every position can be strengthened and the more quality players that come in the better. I hope the best players arrive and that they generate competition and give the coach decisions to make.”