Vitor Roque’s agent claims Manchester United and Tottenham made bids of over €100m for the 18-year-old before he joined Barcelon
Vitor Roque’s agent says Man United and Tottenham made major offers However, the 18-year-old ended up securing a move to Barcelona insteadRoque’s buyout clause at Barcelona is set to be €500million (£428miillion
Vitor Roque’s agent has claimed that Manchester United and Tottenham made bids of close to €100million (£85million) for the forward only for him to sign for Barcelona instead.
The highly rated 18-year-old, who currently plays for Athletico Paranaense, will join Barcelona ahead of the 2024-25 season.
Roque’s buyout clause at Barcelona is set to be €500million (£428miillion), while his contract will run until 2031.
He will join for an initial fee of £26million but it could rise as high as £52million if the prospect finishes in the Ballon d’Or top three an achieves other performance related add-ons relating to goals and trophies.
United and Tottenham had both been monitoring Roque and according to his agent Andre Cury both clubs made significant offers for the player.
Speaking on the Charla Podcast, Cury said: ‘We received much bigger offers from Tottenham and Manchester United for Vitor Roque. It was over €100 million. But his career plan is well mapped out and we opted for Barcelona. The moment is not to look at the money but the career.’
Roque has already made his senior debut for Brazil after featuring against Morocco in March. He has scored eight goals in eleven games for his country at Under-20 level.
He was impressive as Brazil won the South American Under-20 Championship this year, scoring six goals.
Previously at Cruzeiro, he signed for Athletico Paranaense in April 2022 and has proceeded to score 22 goals in 66 games for the club.
In addition to Roque, Barcelona have also signed Ilkay Gundogan and Inigo Martinez on free transfers.