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Manchester United see Vitor Roque bid rejected by Barcelona but have been advised of his fee – reports

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Manchester United have had a bid of £29.6 million rejected by Barcelona for striker Vitor Roque. The 19-year-old is seen by the Catalan club as the heir to veteran Polish striker Robert Lewnadowski, 35. But Barcelona will face problems in registering register a host of players with La Liga this summer.

New Barca manager Hansi Flick also wants to see the player during pre-season before he makes his decision on the inclusion of the player this summer. However, reports on United’s rejected bid for the 19-year-old Brazilian striker suggest the club want to bring in £50.9 million for the player.

It has been reported that Barcelona’s sporting director, Deco has told United’s minority stake holder Sir Jim Ratcliffe that he would like to get £50.9 million for the Brazilian this summer, which if true suggests that Barcelona will be seeking to sell the teenager this summer.

Obviously there is scope for different deals to be done and a permanent sale seems most likely but also a loan move could help Barcelona, especially if they were unable to register the player with Gavi and Alejandro Balde needing to be registered with La Liga this summer.

The young Brazilian signed for Barcelona in January 2024 for an initial £30 million from Brazilian club Athletico Paranaense and he has scored just two goals in 16 appearances for his new club, which is not the greatest – however, his age suggests that it could be a blip during his development.

United would have to stump up a lot of cash in order to sign the Brazilian, if he is the kind of player that needs to be signed this summer. Ideally, many would like to see United sign an experienced sitiker to partner Rasmus Hojlund at the club, not a young prodigy.

But that said, the 21-year-old Danish international has fit in well at United and become the clubs top scorer for the 2023/24 season, scoring 16 goals and two assists in 43 appearances for the club, lifting his first trophy for United after they beat Manchester City to win the Emirates FA Cup.

It could well be that the club under the guidance of Ineos, who have done well in the world of sport, plus bringing in football business men at the top of the club, that a younger player is better for the future that signing experience based on the growth a talented player can achieve at United.

Written by Paul

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