Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing 24-year-old Spanish midfielder Marc Roca from Bayern Munich.
According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Marc Roca is the subject of interest from FC Barcelona, possibly over a move in the January transfer window. The 24-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder would be open to joining the Catalan giants to come into contention for a place in the Spain squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Marc Roca joined Bayern Munich in the summer of 2020 following Espanyol’s relegation from the Spanish top-flight. Before moving to the Bavarian outfit, the player was widely regarded as one of the brightest young midfielders in his homeland. However, his career has gone completely pear-shaped since arriving at the Allianz Arena.
Nearly a season and a half into his stint with Bayern Munich, the 24-year-old has featured just 11 times for the Bundesliga champions. Things have now reached a head for Roca, who is eager to call it quits at the German club and bring an end to his misery. And one of the biggest clubs in Europe is hot on his trail, with Barcelona interested in signing him.
Recent reports had suggested that Barcelona had been offered the chance to sign Roca. However, it now looks like the Catalan giants are also eager to snap him up, with Xavi requesting his signing from Bayern Munich.
The interest in the Spanish midfielder does make sense, considering Sergio Busquets is in the final phase of his glittering career. So, the time has come for Barcelona to start phasing the veteran midfielder out as a regular option in the first-team squad and having someone like Roca in the setup should help.
Roca is not the only midfielder on Barcelona’s radar, with Denis Zakaria, Mikel Merino and Thiago Alcantara linked with the club. As for the pursuit of the 24-year-old Bayern Munich outcast, he is eager to make his way to Camp Nou to rediscover his form and perhaps even stake a claim for a spot in the Spain squad at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Barcelona should find Roca an appealing target, seeing as he has prior experience in La Liga. So, it remains to be seen if they can seal a January move for the Spanish midfielder or if Bayern Munich choose to keep hold of him.