Five reasons why Barcelona believe Brazilian prodigy can be a top signing – report
Vitor Roque is one of many players Barcelona are keeping tabs on ahead of the summer transfer window.
Currently plying his trade with Athletico Paranaense, the youngster is regarded as one of the most promising young players in Brazilian, who can be signed for a fee of just €30 million, plus add-ons next summer.
A recent report from SPORT has listed five reasons why Roque is seen as a great investment by Barcelona.
One of the most appealing aspects of the teenager’s game is his versatile profile and adaptability.
A centre-forward by trade, Roque is indeed capable of operating on either flank. His technical prowess, coupled with his ability to drift into wider positions would make him a tactically flexible option for any coach in the world.
Another reason why Barcelona want to invest in Roque is his qualities as a goalscorer. The 17-year-old is indeed a predator, who is always looking for scoring opportunities.
At the same time, the youngster, referred to as ‘Tigrinho’ in Brazil, has displayed an excellent mental capacity, which should go a long way in helping him thrive at the highest level – another quality appreciated by the Blaugrana.
Speaking of which, Roque has made waves in the top level of Brazilian football at the age of just 17, featuring in high-profile matches in Copa Libertadores last season. It speaks volumes about the youngster’s ability to perform at a professional level. This quality could come in handy when settling into life in Barcelona.
Finally, what makes Roque an appealing target for the Catalans is the market opportunity floating around Barcelona. As mentioned earlier, Barcelona can secure the signing of the youngster for a fee of around €30 million, which is less than what Real Madrid spent for Endrick earlier this season.
The Catalans, for now, are willing to wait until the summer before making a move for the teenage. The idea is to groom him alongside Robert Lewandowski before he can eventually replace the Polish international in the years to come.