Owing to their weak finances at the moment, FC Barcelona are focusing on scouting and buying high-potential youngsters, instead of expensive developed superstars. One of the South American prodigies that FC Barcelona have been seriously interested in is the Brazilian Vitor Roque.
Vitor Roque currently plays in the Brazilian league, associated with the club Athletico Paranaense. The 17-year-old has exploded in recent seasons as he has risen through the levels in Brazil, and his performances in the South American U20 Championships are only further strengthening his hype as he has already scored 5 goals for the Selecao, making him the top scorer in the tournament.
The teenager is turning 18 years of age on the 28th of February, which will make him eligible to sign for a European club. As a result, a number of European powerhouses have been scouting him, with Real Madrid and Barcelona being the most prominent ones.
Recent reports from Roger Torello of Mundo Deportivo now claim that the youngster has rejected Real Madrid, and is intent on joining Barcelona. However, the Catalan club will still have to move quickly in order to ensure that none of the other interested clubs, which include PSG, Chelsea, and West Ham, as well, are able to change the Brazilian’s mind.
Another block that FC Barcelona may face in getting the youngster is the financial situation of the club and the valuation of the player by Athletico Paranaense.
According to reports, the Brazilian club will not budge from a fee of around €35-40 million for their highly prized asset, which Barcelona will find difficult to assemble. However, the Brazilian club may be convinced to get this amount in installments, which will be more viable for Barcelona in order to comply with the financial fair play rules.