Barcelona’s desire to bolster their attacking options in the upcoming summer transfer window has been well-documented. However, the Spanish giants are aware of their financial limitations and have set a strict budget for their primary target, Vitor Roque. Roque, an immensely talented 18-year-old from Brazil, has caught the attention of Barcelona as a potential long-term successor to the prolific Robert Lewandowski. Additionally, he would provide valuable backup to the Polish striker in the coming season.
Having signed a five-year contract with Athletico Paranaense on April 13, 2022, Roque made headlines with the club activating his release clause for a record-breaking fee of R$ 24 million.
The young prodigy received his first call-up to the Brazil national team on March 3, 2023, under interim head coach Ramon Menezes. He was given the opportunity to showcase his skills in a friendly match against Morocco on March 25, 2023.
Transfermarkt currently values Roque at 18 million euros, highlighting his immense potential and marketability.
Despite Barcelona’s strong interest, they face stiff competition from several Premier League clubs for Roque’s signature. Athletico Paranaense has set an asking price of around €45 million to part ways with their prized asset. However, Barcelona is reportedly willing to meet this valuation, according to Goal Brasil.
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It’s important to note that the proposed deal would not involve a straight payment of €45 million. Barcelona’s offer would consist of an initial sum of up to €35 million, with an additional €10 million in performance-based bonuses. While Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle United, and Paris Saint-Germain have also shown interest in Roque, none have demonstrated the same level of enthusiasm as Barcelona.
Negotiations for Roque’s transfer could prove challenging due to his €60 million release clause. Barcelona may need the young forward’s cooperation in rejecting alternative offers to secure his services.
As the summer transfer window approaches, Barcelona will need to navigate these obstacles if they are to successfully secure the talented Vitor Roque as their striking reinforcement.
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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.