Barcelona have informed Vitor Roque that he will be wearing the Catalan jersey in January

Vitor Roque, a forward for Athletico Paranaense, will put his arrival at Barcelona ahead of his recovery from an ankle ligament injury

The 18-year-old’s ankle ligaments were torn during a recent match versus Internacional as a result of a poor tackle. Roque is expected to miss 8 weeks of work as a result of his decision to pursue a conservative course of treatment without surgery.

Roque might potentially make his return before the Brazilian season, which ends the first weekend in December. However, he won’t make his return prematurely and instead plans to wait until he is fully recovered before joining Barcelona.

Officially, after reaching a €61 million transfer agreement, he will join Barcelona in July 2024, but Barcelona has informed him that he will join the team in January, according to Sport. They claim there is a good likelihood he has participated in club football in Brazil for the foreseeable future one final time.

According to reports, manager Xavi Hernandez is pressuring sporting director Deco to complete a transaction because he realises it would be unwise to rely solely on Robert Lewandowski as their natural number nine for an entire season at the age of 35.

There are worries that Barcelona won’t be able to accommodate him into their pay cap after renewing Lamine Yamal and loaning Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo. However, Barcelona would need to make sales or save money first, according to La Liga President Javier Tebas.

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