Four of Europe’s top clubs are reportedly vying for the signature of young Brazilian striker Vitor Roque. Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are all said to be interested in the 17-year-old, who made a quick impact at Athletico Paranaense following his move from Cruzeiro in April.
Roque ended the 2022 season with seven goals and three assists from 36 matches across all competitions, including five goals from 29 appearances in the Brazilian Serie A.
His performances helped Paranaense finish sixth in the division and reach the final of the Copa Libertadores, where Roque contributed two goals and two assists in the knockout stage.
The young forward, who has been capped at Under-20 level by Brazil, remains under contract with Paranaense until 2027.
However, he will be eligible to move to Europe when he turns 18 in February, leading interested clubs to reportedly consider making a move for him in the summer transfer window.
Roque’s release clause is reportedly set at €100m (£87.2m), a fee that may prove too steep for Real Madrid, who are reportedly unwilling to spend such a large sum on a teenager.
The Spanish giants recently concluded a deal for Palmeiras starlet Endrick, who will join the club upon his 18th birthday in 2024. The 16-year-old was also said to be a target for Barcelona, PSG and Chelsea, among others.
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