In Barcelona they can’t wait to have Vitor Roque. The 18-year-old striker has made fantastic progress in 2023, with 20 goals for Athletico Paranaense and six for the Brazilian U-20 team.
The initial agreement with the Curitiba club was for “Tigrinho” to pack his bags in July 2024, but at the Camp Nou they have been speculating for some time about the possibility of bringing this transfer forward.
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The big obstacle for January was to lighten the salary bill, since the Catalan club is above the limit allowed by LaLiga. However, the institution now has a new alternative to add him due to Gavi’s injury. Deco, Culé sports director, admitted that they will probably take advantage of this possibility to add the Brazilian in winter.
Deco suggests that Barça will add Roque in January
“Xavi and I are coordinated for the market. We are not going to replace Gavi because there is no other player like him on the market, much less in January. We will see what position we strengthen. Surely we will opt for Vitor Roque, but nothing has been decided,” said the Portuguese after the tie between Barça and Rayo Vallecano, through Marca.
The young Spanish midfielder suffered a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and an associated injury to the lateral meniscus. For Deco, it will not be easy to replace: “He is an important player and difficult to replace due to the character and spirit he gives to the team.”