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Barcelona Are Facing Stiff Competition For This Talented Starlet: Is He Worth The Fight?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Mundo Deportivo mentioned that Barcelona are facing stiff competition for Athletico Paranense starlet Vitor Roque. It has been claimed that the Catalan will have to rival Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to land the Brazilian striker.

Roque’s Impressive Rise In The Brasileirao

Roque is having a great season at the Brazilian club as he has produced a run of impressive displays for them in the final third. The Brazilian whizkid has made 65 senior appearances for his current employers thus far, scoring 22 goals and earning eight assists in the process across all fronts.

The 18-year-old has caught the eye with his performances on the attacking end of the field based on his average of 2.3 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Brasileirao. He has even distributed the ball relatively well after making 75.7% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Athletico Paranense will run out in the summer of 2027. Furthermore, Barca are facing stiff competition for Roque which will make it difficult for them to sign the youngster on the cheap during this summer transfer period.

Vitor Roque
CURITIBA, BRAZIL – JUNE 27: Vitor Roque of Athletico Paranaense gestures during the Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2023 group G match between Athletico Paranaense and Alianza Lima at Ligga Arena on June 27, 2023 in Curitiba, Brazil. (Photo by Heuler Andrey/Getty Images)

Barcelona Are Facing Stiff Competition For Roque: Is He Worth The Fight?

Roque excels at finding space for himself to get a few strikes in on-target. He has got the vision to create some decent plays for others around him in the final third. Roque is primarily a centre-forward but can also operate as a right-sided wide player if asked to do so.

The Brazilian prospect is a technically gifted footballer who can make a few dangerous runs with the ball in the opponent’s half. However, Roque is still quite raw and would need time before he can establish himself as a world-class footballer at the highest level.

We can expect someone with the Brazilian’s potential to be a great signing for Barcelona boss Xavi this summer. He has what it takes to become a future star at the Nou Camp.

Thus, the Catalan club would be wise to try everything they can to win the race for Roque as he is a youngster well worth fighting for in this ongoing transfer window.

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