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·20 September 2022

Barcelona and Real Madrid closely scouting teenage wonderkid from Brazil

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Barcelona are continuing to monitor the Brazilian market to get their hands on the next best talent coming through the South American nation.

The Catalan giants have a strong interest in Palmeiras wonderkid Endrick, who they have been monitoring for months. There have also been rumours about serious interest in Vasco da Gama midfield prodigy Andrey Santos, who is reportedly seen as the heir to Sergio Busquets.

Now, Roger Torello of Mundo Deportivo adds another name to the list of Brazilian prospects that Barcelona have their sights set on, claiming that the Blaugrana and their arch-rivals Real Madrid are interested in Athletico Paranaense striker Vitor Roque.

The 17-year-old forward started his career at Cruzeiro, where he made 16 first-team appearances despite his young age and grabbed six goals in the process. It prompted Athletico to sign him in April earlier this year and the move is paying dividends.

So far, Vitor Roque has bagged six goals and two assists from 25 matches for his new club, helping them qualify for the finals of the Copa Libertadores, where they will be facing Flamengo in October.

“He is a different player. He is 17 years old, but, due to his physical, technical and mental structure, it seems that he was 22- 23,” says Athletico Paranaense manager Luiz Felipe Scolari of the young striker.

“He is a very difficult striker for defenders to score: he protects the ball well, he is fast and he goes out of the area to team up. Over time he will add things to his repertoire because he is young,” the 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning coach with Brazil adds.

The teenage sensation’s performances in Brazil have not gone unnoticed as Barcelona are now tracking his progress with great interest. Real Madrid are also said to be keeping tabs on the 17-year-old, along with Italian giants Juventus.

In fact, the report even states that the Bianconeri even have had a €15 million offer rejected for Vitor Roque as Athletico Paranaense believe that they can get a fee in excess of €40 million for their prized jewel.

The Brazilian whizkid is tied down with the club until 2027 and it remains to be seen if Barcelona decide to act on their initial interest in Vitor Roque in the future. For now, the Catalans are scouting and keeping tabs on the teenage wonderkid.

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