FC Barcelona Pursuing Accelerated Arrival for Vitor Roque Amidst Squad Concerns

August 10, 2023 11:12 am

In a proactive stride to address their current squad dynamics, FC Barcelona has initiated discussions to expedite Vitor Roque’s incorporation into Xavi Hernandez’s lineup this summer, as reported by Mundo Deportivo. The move comes as Barca seeks to navigate the Financial Fair Play constraints while bolstering their ranks amidst potential departures.

Barcelona’s acquisition of Vitor Roque in June was sealed with an agreement to pay Athletico Paranaense an initial fee of €31 million ($34 million), along with an additional €30 million ($33 million) contingent on variables tied to both team and individual accomplishments in Catalonia. Follow your favourite La Liga team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet. 

Initially, the plan involved Roque’s transition across the Atlantic after the culmination of the South American season later this year, coinciding with the reopening of the European transfer window in January.

However, the intricate dance with Financial Fair Play boundaries and the looming potential departure of Ousmane Dembele in a €50 million ($55 million) transfer leaves Xavi’s squad susceptible to staffing shortages, particularly on the wings.

Vitor Roque’s versatility, capable of performing on either flank or even as a striker, underscores the strategic rationale for expediting his integration. Such a move could obviate the need for Barcelona to venture into the market with limited resources at their disposal.

Presently, Barca’s efforts to secure Bernardo Silva from Manchester City for the budgeted €65 million ($71.3 million) have been met with reluctance. Similarly, the prospect of signing Neymar, despite arriving on loan, is thwarted by his considerable salary demands.

Athletico Paranaense’s initial reluctance to part with Vitor Roque was attributed to their aspirations of surpassing their 2022 runner-up finish in the Copa Libertadores by clinching the title this season.

A recent highlight in Roque’s journey was his crucial goal that forced extra time and penalties against Bolivar, following a remarkable comeback by Athletico-PR from a 3-1 deficit in the round of 16 first leg. The shootout ultimately eluded them, marking a bittersweet conclusion.

The unfolding narrative has prompted Barcelona to gauge Athletico-PR’s openness to releasing Roque earlier, amid the commencement of the La Liga season this weekend. Acting as an intermediary in this endeavor, Roque’s agent Andre Cury has been dispatched from Barcelona to Brazil.

As the Brasileirao unfolds, Athletico-PR finds itself in the seventh position, spurred by aspirations of securing a berth in the 2024 Copa Libertadores. Barca’s willingness to potentially increase their financial offer could sway negotiations, potentially facilitating Roque’s early transition.

As a parallel development, reports from Mas Que Pelotas indicate that FC Barcelona is poised to sell 49% of Barca Studios to a Mexican Investment Firm for a significant sum of €180 million ($197 million), with a portion of the payment anticipated within the upcoming week. Get the latest updates from the world of football only on Nextbet Sports