A player’s desire to represent a specific club is the most powerful tool any team can possess in the transfer market. Economics, sporting project, and competition – all fall secondary.
Needless to say, it is not rare for players to have a deep desire to wear Barcelona’s garnet-and-blue colours given their rich and successful history. Most recently, the Blaugrana find themselves in such a situation with Vitor Roque.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Vitor Roque’s agent, Andre Cury, was in Barcelona a few weeks ago to discuss his client’s transfer and met with the club’s administration including Mateu Alemany, Jordi Cruyff, and Deco.
The conversation mainly revolved around the economics given the Brazilian’s deep desire to play for the club. The fee involved in his transfer is expected to be around €35-40 million, and the Catalans wish to negotiate some relaxations over the means of payment.
The 17-year-old striker has burst onto the scene after his recent numbers with Athletico Paranaese and has caught the interest of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and West Ham United apart from Barcelona.
Given the player’s clarity of wanting to represent the Blaugrana, however, there is not much worry in Catalonia.
Roque’s ability to operate as an effective force in front of the goal makes him an ideal replacement for Robert Lewandowski in the long term. After all, the centre-forward position is a priority given the Pole’s drop in form in recent months and his advancing age.
The Brazilian was in red-hot form in the recently concluded South American U-20 Championship and even led his side to the title in the process as the top scorer.
Barcelona’s recent history with the Brazilian market has been far from pleasant, with Real Madrid pipping the Blaugrana to targets constantly. Needless to say, Joan Laporta & co. must act swiftly to advance negotiations and seal the deal before their advantage fizzles out.