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Barcelona told to shell out €35 million for 17-year-old PSG, Chelsea target

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The South American continent is a hotbed of top-notch young footballers and clubs from Europe are always on the lookout for the next best thing coming onto the scenes to secure their signing at a young age.

It is no different at FC Barcelona, who in the past, have signed players like Neymar Jr, Arthur Melo, among others from Brazil. In the recent past, the Blaugrana have had their sights on talents such as Endrick and Andrey Santos, but the former signed for Real Madrid while the latter joined Chelsea.

Angelo Gabriel of Santos is another player on Barcelona’s radar while they are also looking at Danilo of Palmeiras, with reports suggesting that a joint operation with Real Betis to sign the midfielder could be in the works.

Now, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona also have their eyes on Athletico Paranaense striker Vitor Roque and have asked about the signing of the 17-year-old.

The teenage forward joined Athletico from Cruzeiro last year after the former triggered his €4.3 million release clause. He soon became an integral part of the team and helped them reach the finals of the Copa Libertadores.

In 36 matches so far for Athletico, Roque has scored seven times and assisted three goals as well. The youngster was on the radars of Real Madrid as well, but they have signed Endrick since.

Chelsea and PSG are interested in Roque, however, and are following his progress. With the striker set to turn 18 next month, he would be able to move to Europe later in the summer and Barcelona are looking to pounce.

As per the report, Barça have asked about the 17-year-old Roque and have been quoted a price of €30 million plus another €5 million in add-ons by Athletico Paranaense.

It is further suggested that the Blaugrana have very good reports on the teenager and his signing is said to be endorsed by Deco, who was instrumental in the club signing Raphinha last summer.

Barcelona are yet to make an offer for Roque but with interest in the youngster mounting, it will be interesting to see if they act swiftly in the coming months.

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