AC Milan are one of the European clubs that have shown an interest in signing Brazilian starlet Vitor Hugo Roque Ferreira, a report claims.
Goal are reporting that Milan are keen on signing the 17-year-old Vitor Roque who already has experience in the senior side at Athletico Paranaense. He won the last U20 South American Championship with Brazil and showed his quality with six goals in eight games, which has attracted several clubs in Europe.
He moved from Cruzeiro to Athletico Paranaense for just under €5m and is already established in the Brazilian Serie A, collecting 29 appearances plus 5 goals so far, and he has made 7 appearances (2 goals) in the Copa Libertadores too.
He is mainly a centre-forward but Vitor Roque can also adapt to play as a winger, while his height (172cm) means that technique and speed are more his strengths rather than aerial play.
Last year he was listed by The Guardian as one of the 60 best footballers in the world in 2005, and Roque’s agent recently spoke of an interest from an Italian club and a €25m bid rejected by Athletico Paranaense.
His valuation is between €40-60m it is thought, which seems unattainable for any club in Serie A without a big sale first, which is why a move to England or Spain seems more likely than Milan landing the teenager.
Milan interested in everyone, but dont have money to spend
Maybe we should try to find less attractive players and develop them instead. Though Pioli doesn’t seem very good at developing attackers the way he does with defenders.