Barcelona on the verge of signing Vitor Roque in €40 million deal

Julian Araujo

Athletico Paranaense and Brazilian wonderkid Vitor Roque will be joining Barcelona during the summer transfer window, according to Javi Miguel of AS. Priority summer transfer goals for the Catalan giants included the 18-year-old centre forward. Despite the challenges, it is now certain that they have finalised his signing, with the agreement seeming as “done deal.”

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Vitor Roque has agreed to join Barcelona this summer

According to the report, Barça would pay Athletico Paranaense a €40 million transfer fee over the course of three payments. In addition, Roque has signed a five-year agreement with the La Liga champions.
The transfer won’t become official until some stars have left and a wage margin has been reduced. However, everything else in the agreement is believed to be in place as of right now, with the exception of an official statement. The story goes on to say that Deco, who will soon take over as Barcelona’s sporting director, was instrumental in completing the acquisition. The former midfielder’s close connection with the Brazilian market and his personal relationship with Andre Cury, Roque’s agent, were key factors in securing the 18-year-old’s deal.

In order to backup Robert Lewandowski and offer him competition for the No. 9 position, Roque will travel to Barcelona. The teenage Brazilian international could even play on the wings if necessary owing to his versatility. Xavi and Barcelona have completed the signing of one of their three summer priorities with his impending acquisition. Now the emphasis will be on acquiring a new pivot midfielder to take Sergio Busquets’ place. In addition they need an inside midfielder, probably Ilkay Gundogan. Roque’s likely acquisition also puts an end to Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s possibility of returning to Barcelona.

Roque is frequently compared to Barcelona star Luis Suarez. This is because he is an effective goal scorer with a strong all-around game. The Catalans may have confirmed his deal. However they won’t make a formal announcement until a few players leave to make room on the wage bill.

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