€5m thus far: How much Barcelona have actually agreed to pay for Vitor Roque

An insight into the finer details of Vitor Roque’s move to La Liga giants Barcelona has been provided today.

The info comes courtesy of Mundo Deportivo, who point towards a complex and long-running agreement as having been struck between Barca and their counterparts at Athletico Paranaense.

Frontman Roque, of course, sealed his long-awaited arrival in Catalunya’s capital last month.

And, after something of a rocky start, the last week has seen the 18-year-old provide a glimpse into precisely why the Spanish heavyweights were so keen to beat out the competition for his signature.

After first opening his account in Barca’s colours off the bench against Osasuna, Roque followed up with another goalscoring cameo at Alavés.

And though he was later dismissed in the latter outing, excitement is nevertheless mounting when it comes to the potential impact the Brazilian could make over the years to come.

Amid such chatter, it therefore seems an appropriate time to dig into the exact financial figures which ultimately culminated in Barcelona striking a deal for Roque.

As per the aforementioned MD, the fixed fee guaranteed to Athletico Paranaense amounts to €30 million. This consists of six payments of €5 million, every six months.

As such, Barca have thus far coughed up just €5 million.

From here, a further €31 million in variables have been agreed upon, the bulk of which the Catalans will likely be left with little choice but to pay.

For the next five years, for each season during which Roque features in at least 50% of Barcelona’s official fixtures, Paranaense will be entitled to €5 million, up to a maximum of €25 million.

Should the youngster finish in the top-3 for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award, another €5 million will be owed.

And the final €1 million will be paid out in the case of ‘Tigrinho’ clinching the Ballon d’Or before 2031 (the end of his current contract in Spain).

Paranaense are also entitled to 20% of the capital gain secured in any future sale.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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