As reported last week, Arsenal have recently made an approach to Athletico Paranaense for 17-year old striker, Vitor Roque. Edu Gaspar has been in touch with the player’s entourage about a possible move come the end of the season. Reports, Goal Brazil.
Athletico Paranaense club president Mario Celso Petraglia has admitted that Vitor Roque is likely to head to Europe next season, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle all interested in him.
The Brazilian club have set a hefty price on the 17-year-old of around £40m, which is a lot of money for such a young player. However that’s how highly the young Brazilian is rated.
Barcelona are also believed to be in the race for Roque, so it will be interesting to see which club comes out on top in the race for his signature.
Fabrizio Romano said on Vitor Roque:
“Athletico Paranaense president Petraglia: ‘There’s a race to sign Vitor Roque. European top clubs want him and we received approached and bids, but it’s still not what we want to sell Vitor.’ Barcelona have Vitor Roque on their list – but English clubs are also keen.”
According to Football365, it is believed that Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester United have all been scouting Roque as they line up a move for him next summer.
It is believed that Roque could be convinced to head to the Emirates by the prospect of linking up with Gabriel Martinelli, who joined Arsenal as a teenager and has since made enormous strides under Mikel Arteta.
With that in mind, Arsenal currently look to be the favourites to land a deal, with Athletico director Luiz Felip Scolari admitting that a summer departure is
In 36 senior appearances for Athletico, Roque has scored seven goals and has made four assists. At just 17-years-old it’s a very promising return.
The Brazilian is quick, strong, skilful and versatile, with the ability to play as a centre-forward or on either wing, so he could provide cover in multiple positions.
It’s definitely a deal to watch come the summer with many clubs interested in the Brazilian’s signature.