Vitor Roque ‘turns down Arsenal in favour of Barcelona’

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Vitor Roque 'turns down Arsenal in favour of Barcelona'

Athletico Paranaense starlet Vitor Roque has reportedly snubbed a transfer to Arsenal in favour of becoming a member of Barcelona this summer season.

The 18-year-old is the newest proficient teenager from Brazil to have caught the attention of European giants due to a breakthrough 2022 season on the highest stage.

Roque ended the newest marketing campaign with seven objectives and three assists from 36 video games in all tournaments, scoring 5 objectives and establishing yet another in 29 Serie A appearances because the Purple and Black completed sixth and certified for the Copa Libertadores.

In the course of the 2022 version of South America’s premier continental match, Roque shone with two objectives and two assists in seven knockout matches, as his aspect misplaced to Flamengo in the ultimate.

The versatile attacker, who can play up entrance or on both wing, was additionally on high type in the current Below-20 South American Championship, scoring six objectives – the joint-highest alongside Chelsea‘s Andrey Santos – in eight video games as Brazil received the title.

Vitor Roque in action for Athletico Paranaense on November 2, 2022.

The 2005-born attacker – who has been referred to as as much as the senior Brazil squad for a pleasant in opposition to Morocco this month – shouldn’t be as a consequence of develop into a free agent till 2027, however he has understandably attracted the curiosity of quite a few European groups.

A current report claimed that each one of Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United had been chasing the 18-year-old, however the latter three golf equipment should seemingly quit hope of luring him to England.

In line with Sport, Roque has already dominated out a transfer to Arsenal as a consequence of his need to play for Barcelona, who’re optimistic about their possibilities of getting a summer season deal over the road.

Roque supposedly refused to contemplate provides from different golf equipment as soon as he heard about Barcelona’s curiosity, and Xavi has given the inexperienced mild to {the teenager}’s arrival.

Barcelona subsequently contacted Roque’s agent to tell them that they’d make a summer season method for the teen, and the Catalan giants have ended their curiosity in Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko because of this.

Barcelona manager Xavi pictured in September 2022.

Nonetheless, the Purple and Black are nonetheless holding agency on their calls for over a charge – believed to be in the area of £40m – and Barcelona should promote earlier than they’ll purchase to stay in line with La Liga’s wage cap laws.

Relatively than mortgage him again out to his present membership, Barcelona reportedly wish to combine Roque into the primary workforce this summer season, and the striker not too long ago informed Globo that it will be his “dream” to play for La Blaugrana.

“I do know that Barcelona is and so are different golf equipment. It is a dream. However not only for Barca, however for European golf equipment. Each little one has this dream,” Roque stated.

“Barca is a membership that all the time provides the youth gamers an opportunity. They’re completely different. I undoubtedly really feel ready to play in Europe. I work for it, I am centered on getting there as ready as doable.”

Roque beforehand represented America Mineiro at youth stage and earned his first style of senior soccer with Cruzeiro earlier than becoming a member of Athletico Paranaense in April 2022.