Excitement fills the air as Brazilian sensation Vitor Roque arrives in Barcelona, set to join the Catalan club in a €40 million deal from Athletico-PR. The 18-year-old striker, touted for a bright future, is expected to start training with the first team on Friday afternoon.
Barça secured an agreement to sign Roque in July, sealing a seven-year contract. Originally planned for the 2024-25 season, the move was accelerated due to Barça’s injury concerns and goal-scoring woes. Roque, known for his prolific scoring, bid farewell to Athletico-PR on Dec. 3, having netted 28 goals in 80 appearances.
The Brazilian talent, recovering from a sprained right ankle suffered in September, anticipates his official debut against Las Palmas on Jan. 4. Barcelona fans can catch a glimpse of their new star during an open training session at the Johan Cruyff Stadium.
Upon arrival in Spain, Roque inked a seven-and-a-half-year deal, extending until June 2031, bringing along a €500 million release clause. The La Liga club, currently grappling with a challenging season, aims to reinvigorate their campaign with Roque’s arrival.
Xavi’s team, sitting fourth in the table, faces a crucial test against Las Palmas on January 4. Roque’s journey from Brazil to Barcelona adds a promising chapter to the club’s storied history, and fans eagerly await the impact of the young striker on the field.