Barcelona have secured the signing of Brazilian prodigy Vitor Roque, despite facing stiff competition from other clubs.
The Catalan giants and Athletico Paranaense have agreed to a transfer fee of €35 million (£30m/$38.4m) plus add-ons for the 18-year-old forward. The total amount could reach as high as €71m (£60m/$77m), and Vitor Roque is set to join Barcelona in 2024, with the official announcement made on Wednesday.
It is uncertain whether the Brazilian will move in the January transfer window or during the next summer.
Vitor will sign a contract until 2030, which includes a release clause of €500m (£427m/$551m).
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The transfer fee will be paid in instalments, and it will be the highest in the history of Brazilian football. The bonuses will be tied to the number of matches played, goals scored, and individual and team awards.
Barcelona has managed to secure a deal that has been in the works for weeks, which is somewhat of a coup. Sporting director Deco is credited with warding off competition from clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain to secure the player.
Barcelona fans will likely feel relieved after securing the deal for Vitor Roque following their loss to bitter rivals Real Madrid in the race to sign 18-year-old Arda Guler. Moreover, Barcelona is set to begin their pre-season preparations in July, with a tour of the United States.