Vitor Roque’s agent Andrey Cury has confirmed the striker will join Barcelona in January 2024.
The Catalan giants announced the signing of Roque from Athletico Paranaense last summer in a deal that would see him join them next summer.
However, the Blaugrana have been working on his early arrival, with Xavi eager to strengthen the attack.
Their hopes of bringing the Brazilian in January looked bleak due to La Liga’s Financial Fair Play regulations and a horrible injury he suffered against Internacional last month.
However, Roque’s agent has revealed that the striker is expected to complete his recovery in a few weeks and will move to the Catalonian capital in January.
“We believe that in four weeks, at most, he can be ready,” said the Brazilian’s agent (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
“The idea of the player and Barca is that he comes in January – everything has been agreed with Paranaense.”
It comes as a massive boost for Barcelona, who have been plagued with injuries this season.
The absence of Robert Lewandowski through injury has highlighted the lack of depth in the centre-forward position.
Although Ferran Torres has shown he is a quality back-up option, the Spaniard was unconvincing in the last two games in La Liga before the international break.
Roque has shot to prominence in Brazil, establishing himself as one of the country’s standout talents.
The 18-year-old has had a memorable year for club and country, bagging 20 goals and eight assists for Paranaense and playing a key role in Brazil’s triumph in the U20 South American Championship.
If everything goes as planned, Roque is expected to play a prominent role for the Catalan giants in the second half of the season, and he has a great chance to feature in the Champions League.
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