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18-year-old wonderkid’s agent will try to advance his arrival to Barcelona this summer



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Athletico Paranaense’s elimination from Copa Libertadores at the hands of Bolivar is a blessing in disguise for Barcelona as they attempt to bring Vitor Roque to the club this summer.

André Cury, who happens to be Roque’s representative, was in Barcelona recently and as soon as Athletico were eliminated from the competition, the agent flew to Brazil to mediate his early arrival between the two teams, reports Roger Torello via Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona’s sudden need for Roque

It must be noted that while Barcelona agreed a deal for Roque this summer, for a fixed fee of €30 million plus €31 million in add-ons, they allowed the player to continue in Brazi at least until next January due to the difficulties with the Financial Fair Play.

Ousmane Dembele’s sudden departure to Paris Sain-Germain has now forced Barcelona to bring in attacking reinforcement.

And now that they have room to accommodate a new player in the salary bill, they have decided to try and bring Brazil forward to Catalonia this summer and register him right now.

Could Roque arrive at Barcelona this summer? (Photo by Heuler Andrey/Getty Images)

As it turns out, though, Athletico Paranaense CEO Alexandre Mattos is completely against the idea of his prodigy leaving the team early.

“There’s no chance for Vitor Roque to leave and join Barça in August,” Mattos said. “He will leave in January, that was the pact with Barça and it will be respected,” he added.

Cury playing his role

As reported by MD, Cury has flown to Brazil and he is set to meet with Athletico Paranaense this weekend in an attempt to advance his arrival at Barcelona this summer.

Prior to Athletico’s elimination from the Copa Libertadores, the agent had already previously stated that Roque’s arrival this summer was a possibility, saying:

“I think that because of the salary he can come. I think he can come this summer or at the end of the year. If Athletico Paranaense are eliminated from the Copa Libertadores it opens up the possibilities. He’s going to be a great player for La Liga.”

Now, although the sporting director has closed the opportunity already, the final word will be from the club president and he is the man with whom Cury will have his conversation.

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