Barcelona are scouting the market for reinforcements despite the ban placed by the league. The Catalan giants have been told to raise £178 million through player sales and wage cuts in order to comply with La Liga’s Financial Fair Play regulations before making any signings in the summer.
Despite this, president Joan Laporta remains optimistic about bringing new names to Camp Nou with a striker’s signing being prioritized. One player shortlisted by the Spanish side is Athletico Paranaense’s Vitor Roque. The Brazilian wonderkid is the perfect candidate to play as the backup to Robert Lewandowski and has the potential to be developed into one of the world’s best.
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While Roque remains the primary target, Barca are keeping their options open especially considering their financial situation. According to Calcio Mercato Web, Blaugranas have joined the race to secure AS Roma forward Paulo Dybala.
The World Cup winner is a wanted man in Europe after being on top form this season, scoring 13 goals and providing 8 assists in 29 appearances for the Italian side. Premier League giants like Manchester United and Newcastle are said to be keen on the Argentine international with Atletico Madrid and now Barcelona also keeping a close eye.
While Roma boss Jose Mourinho prefers to keep his superstar, the Serie A giants are open to considering his sale given they are expecting at least €30 million for the striker. Having said that, the 29-year-old’s contract includes a release clause of €12 million which would be the perfect opportunity for Barca to add another goalscoring striker to their squad. However, the competition for Dybala is high and Laporta must resolve the financial fair play issues quickly in order to not miss out on the opportunity.
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