The targets for FC Barcelona are plenty, but only a few of those being targetted will end up playing for the Catalan club. Among them, there are many who are forwards, and if recent reports are to be believed, one of them may just have Barca’s golden approval.
As per Mundo Deportivo, FC Barcelona has decided to fully pursue Brazilian wonderkid Vitor Roque after weeks of speculation and indecision. The 18-year-old striker from Athletico Paranaense has managed to fully convince La Blaugrana of his value and importance courtesy of his brilliant performances in South America.
Due to the current economic situation at FC Barcelona, spending huge amounts on multiple players just isn’t feasible for the Catalan giants. After much careful consideration and thoughtful evaluation, those at Barcelona believe that Vitor Roque will indeed be well worth the investment of around €35-40 million that Athletico Paranaense demand for his sale.
However, it must be remembered that FC Barcelona will not pursue the player until after they have finalized the sales of other players first.
The case of the forwards seems to be the most important, as the likes of Raphinha, Ferran Torres, and Ansu Fati are all being considered and it remains to be seen just who ends up leaving or staying.
With interest from English Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal also very strong in Roque, the player’s commitment to waiting for Barcelona despite better financial packages arriving from elsewhere must be appreciated.
As it stands, FC Barcelona have been afforded more time to make the required adjustments in the pursuit of Vitor Roque courtesy of the Athletico Paranaense president Mario Celso Petraglia currently being preoccupied with his hospital stay due to an infection.
The president remains insistent that any and all dealings involving Roque will be done in person and thus all operations are halted until he arrives in better health.
FC Barcelona intends to offer the youngster a long-term contract that would allow them to amortize the transfer fee over a number of years rather than one massive up-front payment, something that would have been problematic.
It now remains to be seen how quickly the Catalans can sort out the other transfers before they make their official move towards the 18-year-old striker.