Barcelona are stepping up their efforts to sign Vitor Roque from Athletico Paranaense in the summer and have already opened initial negotiations with the Brazilian club, according to Joaquim Piera of SPORT.
The 17-year-old Brazilian has been likened to former Barcelona striker and club legend Luis Suarez by the club coaches due to his predatory instincts in the box and mentality.
And the Blaugrana have made him one of their top targets for the summer window as they look to sign the teenager to provide cover for Robert Lewandowski and eventually replace him as the first-choice striker at Camp Nou.
It had been previously reported that Barcelona were already planning to make the signing of Roque in the summer financially viable for the club.
Now, it is being claimed that the La Liga leaders have already made their first move by establishing contact with Athletico Paranaense over a possible move in the summer.