How did Barcelona outperform Manchester City in Vitor Roque deal?

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Journalistic reports have revealed the behind-the-scenes details of Barcelona's triumph over Manchester City in the deal for the young Brazilian international, Vitor Roque, the new addition to the Catalan club from Athletico Paranaense.

Roque arrived at Barcelona in January for €40 million from Athletico Paranaense, signing a long-term contract that expires on June 30, 2031.

It was mentioned that Manchester City tried to sign the Brazilian star before Barcelona, as Pep Guardiola was convinced of his technical abilities.

The report stated that Roque did not consider financial aspects when deciding to move to Europe, showing no interest in money at all.

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Officials from Manchester City reportedly contacted Vitor Roque, but the young Brazilian expressed gratitude for their interest and rejected Sky Blue's offer in favor of moving to Barcelona.

Roque's desire to join Barcelona was decisive, as he believed he could succeed in the sporting project of the Catalan club.

It's worth noting that Roque was initially set to join Barça in the upcoming summer, not in the current winter transfer window. However, Pablo Gavi's injury and his extended absence due to a cruciate ligament injury facilitated the completion of the deal in January.

Vitor Roque has made substitute appearances in two matches so far, playing 12 minutes against Las Palmas in the 19th round, his official debut, and featuring for 26 minutes in the cup match against Barbastro.