Less than 24 hours ago, Athletico Paranaense confirmed the news that came as music to the ears of the Barcelona faithful. The Brazilian club officially announced that the young phenom Vitor Roque, who signed for Barcelona back in the summer, would officially move to his new home in January to make himself available to Xavi.
The announcement marked the end of the Catalan administration’s long and tedious planning and execution to make the operation possible. After all, La Liga’s financial regulations did not make it easy for the club to bring in the South American goal-scoring machine.
Not the end of the road
Considering Barcelona’s precarious financial situation, it was reported that it would be difficult for the club to secure any new additions in the upcoming winter transfer market. News of Roque’s arrival, thus, seemingly closed the doors to the signing of a new midfielder.
As revealed by SPORT, however, Barcelona are still alive in the hunt for a new addition in midfield. They are looking for a player who would arrive on loan for six months to fill in the shoes of Gavi in the middle of the park.
There is, however a disagreement between the coaches and the administration on that front. Barcelona’s sporting director, Deco, considers it futile to sign an attacking midfielder considering the riches at the manager’s disposal.
After all, any player who would arrive midway through the season would likely be of a lower level than those currently available.
Xavi, however, is pushing for the signing of a new interior as his priority. It thus remains to be seen whose word is given more prominence by the president.
Barça Studios – the deciding factor
The Spanish outlet goes on to add that the sale of Barça Studios will be the decisive factor that determines if a new signing is possible or not.
Barcelona are working against the clock to finalise an agreement for the same. Negotiations with two parties are underway, and the Catalans hope to get at least €30 million through the sale of the aforementioned stake.
If successful, the injection of funds would create sufficient space on the financial fair-play front and enable Barcelona to not only sign Roque but also a new midfielder.