The deal between Athletico Paranaense and Barcelona has been completed for the transfer of Vitor Roque to Spain, as per Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The exciting attacking option has been heavily linked with Barca over the summer and despite some late interest from Manchester United, the 18-year-old has committed his future to the Spanish champions.
It’s been reported that the transfer fee will be €35 million with €10 in performance-related add-ons, and Barcelona will insert a €1 billion release clause into his contract.
Romano also confirmed that Roque would sign a ‘long-term deal’ and that Sporting Director Deco had played a big role in securing the signature of one of South America’s most talented footballers.
When will Roque arrive in Barcelona?
Although Romano suggested that Roque would not arrive at Camp Nou until January 2024, a later report by SPORT indicated that there was still some hope that he will arrive this summer.
It all comes down to financial fair play rules and whether Barca manages to sell a player to balance the books.
Whenever he arrives, this is a marquee signing for Xavi and the Barca board.
Rogue has already surpassed his output from last season in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A with Athletico Paranaense, despite only appearing in 13 matches so far.
The young Brazilian who already boasts an international cap for the senior Brazil side has found the back of the net 7 times so far this season, after managing just 5 goals in 29 matches last year.
Many believed that Roque is being brought in as the eventual replacement for Polish legend Robert Lewandowski, although the former Bayern Munich man showed no signs of slowing down last year with 23 La Liga goals.
Not only could Roque contribute straight away, but Lewandowski’s presence will allow him to develop his game without the increased pressure of leading the line.
It’s also a coup for Barcelona considering Roque was being tracked by plenty of European clubs