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Barcelona Sign Brazil Teen Star Roque From Athletico Paranaense

Barcelona Sign Brazil Teen Star Roque From Athletico Paranaense

Laliga giants FC Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian forward Vitor Roque in the 2023 summer transfer window.

Barcelona signed the youngster on a six-year deal from Brazilian Serie A outfit, Athletico Paranaense.

Roque is expected to be a backup and understudy to the Blaugrana (Blue and deep red) top striker, Robert Lewandowski. Barcelona have also signed IIkay Gundogan and Inigo Martinez this summer transfer window.

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According to Football Espana, the Catalan club will disburse €45 million for Roque – €35 million fixed fee and £10 million add-ons.

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Rogue in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A action for Athletico Paranaense

With Barcelona’s registration issues, it is unclear whether Roque will make his debut at the start of the season or in January.

Roque was also linked with a move to Premier League club Manchester United this summer. However, the one-cap Brazil international has ignored the Premier League and opted to make his next career outside his native country in Laliga.

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The 18-year-old racked up seven goals and two assists in 13 Brazilian Serie A games last season. His fine form has only helped Athletico Paranaense maintain middle table position, currently 10th, in the 2023 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, with 20 points from 13 games.

Barcelona won last season’s Laliga title with 88 points from 38 matches in the division. This marks the club’s 27th league title.

By Toju Sote

 

 


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