A View From The Bridge
Chelsea enter the race for prodigious 17-year-old South American attacker
Chelsea are in the race for young Brazilian striker Vitor Roque
According to Spanish outlet AS, via Sports Witness (h/t Football.London), Chelsea are in the race with several top European clubs to sign young Brazilian striker Vitor Roque.
Manchester United and Paris-Saint Germain were said to be linked with the player last month, but he prefers a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.
But, Roque has a release clause of £52.8m in his contract with Athletico PR. That amount has put off United and PSG, while the financial difficulties at Barcelona may not warrant them to spend over £50m on a 17-year-old striker.
The former Cruzeiro striker has scored six goals in four appearances in the U-20 South American Championship thus far. Since joining Athletico PR in 2021, he has scored seven goals and assisted three in 36 appearances in all competitions.
In terms of where he can play, Roque is a centre-forward by trade who can operate on either wing. He has a deadly left foot used to finish off chances in and around the opposition box.
The 17-year-old possesses express pace to terrorise defenders, is very good at dribbling in tight spaces and in one-on-one situations, has a good shot in him and has good physical stature for such a young player.
At the start of the January window, Chelsea signed young striker David Datro Fofana from Molde. With the issue of a number nine in place, is it sensible to fork out such a high amount for another young striker instead of looking for a proven player in that department?
More Chelsea News:
- N’Golo Kante is looking to extend his Chelsea contract after positive talks with the club
- Juventus are considering making a swap deal for Mateo Kovacic and Denis Zakaria
- Chelsea hope to complete the agreement soon for the contract extension of Thiago Silva
The Blues have not hesitated in spraying the cash around to buy the top young talents. In terms of the latter, Roque is very good. But, if given a choice, they should be looking at signing a more experienced striker who could come in and make the difference straight away.
“I know that Potter does like”- Journo tells Chelsea’s January signing what he has to do for more playing time
Journalist Dean Jones has suggested that Noni Madueke needs to show more consistency at Chelsea According to journalist Dean Jones, Noni...
Manchester United make Chelsea star a priority for the summer transfer window
Manchester United are keen on signing Joao Felix once his loan spell at Chelsea ends Manchester United have made the...
“Full of confidence” Chelsea star keen to replicate international form in Blue
Noni Madueke keen to carry his impressive international form to Chelsea After a brilliant international performance in which he scored...
Potter reveals what to expect from Chelsea in the summer transfer window
Graham Potter has confirmed Chelsea will see a number of players leave in the summer Chelsea boss Graham Potter has...
Chelsea could part ways with two senior stars next summer to raise transfer funds
Chelsea to permit Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount to leave in the summer window Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount will...
“Realistic”- Rival boss opens up on the pursuit of on-loan Chelsea ace last January
Unai Emery says Aston Villa were in contention against Chelsea to land Joao Felix According to Aston Villa manager, Unai...