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By Chineze Ogugua

Barcelona football club has threatened legal action against the media outlet that published a story accusing club president Josep Maria Bartomeu of signing Paulinho as part of a deal to favour his own company’s interests.

The report by the unnamed outlet claims that Bartomeu pushed the transfer through in an attempt to get a favour from the Evergrande Group, Guangzhou’s owners.

The Barcelona board said in a statement:

“The club have requested a retraction from the authors of the article as well as to the media outlet that published the story.

“Given the false nature of this news story and the fact that it implies illegal activity has taken place, if a retraction is not forthcoming both the club and the president as an individual will take the corresponding legal steps. These steps will include a specific request for damages incurred with regards to the image of the club.”

Paulinho joined Barca from Guangzhou Evergrande earlier this week for €40 million and is set to be unveiled today at Camp Nou.

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