Barcelona has expressed keen interest in acquiring a striker during the upcoming summer transfer window, but the Catalan club is mindful of financial constraints. Given their limited salary cap, Barcelona has set a maximum limit on the cost associated with their primary target, Vitor Roque.
The 18-year-old Brazilian prodigy has been identified as the future successor to Robert Lewandowski, while also serving as a short-term backup option for the Polish striker in the upcoming season.
On April 13, 2022, Vitor Roque inked a five-year contract with Athletico Paranaense after the club exercised his release clause, amounting to a record-breaking fee of R$ 24 million.
On March 3, 2023, Roque received his maiden call-up to the Brazil national team under interim head coach Ramon Menezes, with the opportunity to feature in a friendly match against Morocco on March 25, 2023.
However, Barcelona will face stiff competition from several Premier League clubs in pursuit of Roque. Athletico Paranaense has set an asking price of approximately €45 million to part ways with the young talent, and Goal Brasil reports that Barcelona is prepared to meet that valuation.
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Nevertheless, the full fee of €45 million is not what Athletico PR expects to receive. The proposed deal involves an initial payment of up to €35 million, supplemented by an additional €10 million in performance-related bonuses. It is worth noting that Roque has also attracted interest from other clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle United, and Paris Saint-Germain, but none have exhibited the same level of enthusiasm as Barcelona.
Given Roque’s €60 million release clause, negotiations could prove to be challenging for all parties involved. Barcelona may require Roque’s cooperation in turning down alternative offers in order to secure his signature.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.