By now, it is crystal obvious that Barcelona wants to sign Brazilian wonderkid Vitor Roque from Athletico Paranaense in the summer
The striker, who recently turned 18, is thought to be one of the most exciting young footballers emerging from South America, and he has drawn attention from teams like Chelsea, West Ham United, and PSG.
However, Barcelona seems to be in the best position to acquire the young player, as the player recently stated that he is prepared to join the Blaugrana. The issue of coming to an arrangement with Athletico Paranaense for his signing remains, though. Furthermore, it appears that the Catalan giants have made some strides in that regard.
Toni Juanmarti claims that even though the process is challenging, negotiations between Barcelona and Athletico Paranaense regarding the transfer of Roque have progressed. The second part of the negotiations is believed to have begun after the declaration and acknowledgement of interest from the respective clubs. Roque will play for Barcelona next season, Athletico internal reports, as the talks are progressing well.
Barcelona has made it clear to the Brazilian club that they plan to sign Roque in a transaction that will cost more than €40 million, including variables, despite the Fair Play restrictions placed on them. Athletico, on the other hand, is prepared to make some accommodations and provide some flexibility with regard to the conditions of the agreement, including lowering the transfer fee’s fixed amount and approving the potential for a loan agreement this summer.
Barcelona would then only need to make space for his salary in the calculations for the following season, eliminating the need to factor in his transfer fee for the 2024–25 campaign. Given Athletico’s willingness to be so accommodating, it appears only a question of time before the two parties sign the contract for Roque. Given that Barcelona needs to cut their salary bill by €200 million, it would also imply that they might make one significant sale during the summer.
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