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SUMMER TRANSFER: Arsenal interested in signing 17-year-old South American striker

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Arsenal sent scouts to watch Vitor Roque. The London giants are on the case of U20 Brazil international, who is also on the list of Barcelona. The €60m-rated striker could move out of Brazil in the summer as a transfer battle heats up in the background.

The 17-year-old centre-forward is stirring some big pots in Europe with his displays for Athletico Paranaense as a transfer-battle brews in the background. Many top teams are keen on the €60m-rated striker ahead of the next window, as the Brazilian centre-forward turns 18 by the end of February.

Brazilian rules prevent footballers under 18 from leaving the country for a club abroad. European teams have been on the case of many teenagers from the country. Recently, Real Madrid tied up a €60m deal for Palmeiras teenager Endrick, who will only move to Spain after he turns 18.

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Paranaense have a €100m release clause in the South American centre-forward’s deal, although they would do a deal for far less. A bid of €60m could suffice, although teams could look to pay a lot less. Some reports suggested the Brazilian side could even accept offers over €40m.

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Arsenal have good contacts in Brazil, thanks to their technical director Edu Gaspar. The London giants executive has already registered an interest in the 17-year-old striker. While Barcelona are the front-runner, a huge transfer battle for Roque could emerge in the coming months, as the Brazilian is keen to move out.

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