Barcelona will no longer try to advance the signing of Vitor Roque to January, as originally planned, instead waiting until the summer to complete the deal for the 18-year-old.
The Blaugrana agreed a deal with Athletico Paranaense last summer for €30m plus €31m to sign Roque to a seven-year contract. In their announcement, they noted that he would join in July of 2024 at the latest, but had briefed privately that they would sign him in January.
However Relevo say that this is no longer the case. His ankle injury combined with their tight finances mean that Barcelona have decided to reconsider bringing him in this January – they had also told Roque that this would be the case.
The 18-year-old injured his ankle just under two months ago, and is recovering on schedule to be fit for the start of December, but an internal source said it would be ‘sporting suicide’ to bring him straight into Barcelona action after that injury.
The pressure would be on Roque to make an impact without having played regularly for several months at that point, as well as adapting to a new country for the first time. Instead he will have the chance to have a preseason with Athletico PR. This would be an added obstacle to an already tricky adaptation.Read on football-espana.net