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Barcelona target Vitor Roque reveals desire to play at Camp Nou

Athletico Paranaense forward Vitor Roque has declared his interest in playing for Barcelona amid speculation linking him to the club.

Barca have identified the Brazilian sensation as a top target for this summer despite competition from several European rivals.

Having enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with Paranaense last year before seeing his stock soar following his prolific campaign at the South American U-20 championship.

The 19-year-old netted six goals in eight games, and a move to a big club is just around the corner.

He has the potential to follow in the footsteps of an array of Brazilian talents who have made a massive impact in Europe in recent years.

In an extensive interview with Diario Sport, Roque touched on various topics, including the rumours linking him with Barca.

From picking Camp Nou as his dream stadium to revealing his desire to play next to Robert Lewandowski, Roque made no secret of his desire to join the Blaugrana.

“Yes, it is a dream not only mine but also of any player that appears,” Roque said.


“If I end up going to Barça, it will be a great joy for my family and for me. For this reason, I have to continue working hard and hope that everything will come to fruition over time,”

When asked if he would be happy to play alongside Lewandowski next season, the Brazilian said he would be keen to grab the opportunity with both hands.

“When I see him on TV I always notice his great finishing power, which I think is his strong point,” Roque added. “He is spectacular – I already followed him at Bayern Munich and now at Barcelona.

“Yes, of course. If I had a footballer by my side of this level, I would try to learn as much as I could. If this ends up happening, I’m sure it will be very important for my career. It would be something wonderful.”

Barca recruited Raphinha from Leeds United last summer and are now looking to enrich their Brazilian contingent with Roque.

He would be an excellent acquisition and a valuable investment for the club’s long-term plans.

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