Chelsea and Arsenal are showing keen interest in signing Athletico Paranaense striker Vitor Roque in the summer transfer window, as per 90min.
The 18-year-old is seen as one of the most highly-rated young talents in South America, and Barcelona are also keen to secure his services.
The youngster scored six goals in eight games during the Under-20 South American Championships and has recently made his debut for the Brazil senior team.
90min claim that both the London clubs are willing to offer a deal to sign him permanently, whereas Barcelona can only sign him on loan, with a view to a permanent move.
Barcelona priority target as new back up striker remains Vitor Roque, as Brazilian gem is considered potential future top player. 🔵🔴🇧🇷 #FCB
Pierre Aubameyang, appreciated and in list since January — option could be activated if Roque deal collapses. He’d love to join Barça. pic.twitter.com/7KLplaXuWB
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 29, 2023
Roque is seen as a potential “future top player” and he prefers to join Barcelona. At the same time, he is also open to moving to the Premier League.
Vitor Roque – back up option
The youngster looks like a cracking talent but surely he will be a back-up option for either of the two London clubs.
Arsenal have Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah as top-class strikers and they are unlikely to add any big name in that department.
Mikel Arteta, at best, can look to bring in young talent and groom him properly for the future. Arsenal have a reputation for developing young talents, and it would be ideal for Roque to join them.
Chelsea, on the other hand, will probably look to spend big in the market yet again and search for instant success.
The Blues sacked their manager Graham Potter on Sunday despite offering him a five-year deal. Whoever becomes the new manager will be expected to deliver straightaway, and established players could be preferred over young talents.
However, it will ultimately come down to the player’s choice if he decides to make the move in the summer to the Premier League.