Manchester United are in the mix for Brazilian wonderkid Vitor Roque, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. Look no further for everything you need to know about the potential signing.

Who is Vitor Roque?

After Real Madrid signed Endrick for big money, it was only a matter of time before the next Brazilian sensation was being linked with a move to Europe. Vitor Roque might be just as special a talent.

Vitor Roque is a year older than Endrick at 17. The latest report claims Manchester United are set to rival Paris Saint-Germain for his signature.

The teenager was originally under contract to Cruzeiro, before he signed for Atletico Paranaense, the club Manchester United signed Kleberson from in 2003.

Roque is a striker who has 14 first team goals already, including two in the Copa Libertadores. Endrick by comparison has just three goals to his name in his pro career so far.

He idolises Cristiano Ronaldo, quoted by BeSoccer: “I like him a lot, he is an inspiration for me. He has been an idol since I was a child.”

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Vitor Roque backed by Scolari

Former Brazil coach Luiz Scolari has talked up Vitor Roque’s ability, telling Goal: “Whatever we ask of him, he does, but his best position is No.9.

“He is someone who knows how to play in that area of the pitch, is able to constantly find space and participates well in other aspects of the game. He is the kind of No.9 that I wouldn’t have wanted to mark when I was playing.”

Goal themselves tout Roque as the new Ronaldo (R9) and the future of Brazilian football.

Vitor Roque transfer status

Vitor Roque is 17, which means Manchester United cannot sign him this transfer window due to Brexit rules. However, he turns 18 in February, allowing the Red Devils to sign him in the summer.

Roque reportedly has a release clause of 60 million Euros, claim Gazzetta, currently £52.7 million.

Manchester United do need a striker, but it is hard to see the club paying the full release clause to sign him in the summer, when a more proven ‘ready now’ player is required to join Erik ten Hag’s side.

A player this talented, it was only a matter of time before he was linked to Manchester United. No doubt the club are well aware of him, whether it happens, is another discussion.

Vitor Roque player profile

  • Full name: Vitor Hugo Roque Ferreira 
  • Age: 17
  • Date of birth: February 28th 2005
  • Height: 1.72m (5ft 8in)
  • Place of birth: Timoteo, Brazil
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Club: Athletico Paranaense
  • Position: Striker
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