Barcelona manager Xavi Hernández confirmed in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s La Liga match against Atlético Madrid that the club is working on the registration of new signing Vitor Roque in the January transfer window.
Barça signed Roque last summer and announced he would only join ahead of the 2024-25 season, but rumors began circulating that the club would try to sign him in January if there was enough salary cap room. The season-ending injury to Gavi will allow the Blaugrana to do so as long as Roque’s salary doesn’t exceed 80% of Gavi’s, and Xavi wants it to happen.
Xavi: “I hope Vitor Roque can join us in the January window. It’d be crucial for the team, he could help us a lot”.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 2, 2023
“Let’s see how it goes, it’s still early but for sure I want Vitor here at Barça as soon as possible”. pic.twitter.com/2UIVWsZTuC
Barça’s attack has been inconsistent all season, and Roque would bring much-needed youthful energy and versatility with his ability to play and score in all three forward positions. The Brazilian missed the last two months with an ankle injury but recently returned and scored for Athletico Paranaense, and will play two more games before the end of the Brazilian league season next Wednesday.
And if everything goes according to plan and Xavi gets his wish, those will indeed be the final two games of Roque’s Athletico career and he’ll officially be a Barça player in the New Year.