The Brazilian attacker is widely regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in world football and Barcelona pounced by agreeing a €40 million deal in 2023. However, Roque had to wait until January 2024 to join the club.
Thanks to his €40m move, Roque is the priciest signing of the January transfer window thus far and is also now Barca’s joint-14th most expensive addition of all time.
Romanian defender Radu Dragusin is the second most expensive signing this month, courtesy of his €25m transfer from Genoa to Tottenham Hotspur. That fee could rise to €30m if add-ons are met, however.
The North Macedonia star was purchased as a replacement for Leipzig club legend Emil Forsberg, who has moved to the MLS. Elmas scored 19 goals in 189 appearances for Napoli after joining the Italian club from Fenerbahce in 2019.
Lucas Beraldo is the fifth most expensive signing of the January transfer window so far. He left Brazilian side Sao Paulo to join Paris Saint-Germain for €20m. Beraldo, a talented centre-back, was previously linked with a move to Liverpool.
Eighteen-year-old Belgian talent Malick Fofana joined Lyon for €17m from Gent and that deal sees him included in seventh place on the list. Fofana scored five goals and provided 10 assists in 64 senior games for Gent before earning a move to Ligue 1.
Artur’s move from Palmeiras to Zenit (€15m) is the eighth most expensive transfer so far in January 2024, while Nicolas de la Cruz is ninth thanks to his €14.5m deal to join Flamengo from River Plate.
The biggest signings of the January 2024 window
|1. Vitor Roque
|2. Radu Dragusin
|3. Eljif Elmas
|4. Renan Lodi
|5. Lucas Beraldo
|6. Marcos Leonardo
|7. Malick Fofana
|9. Nicolas de la Cruz
|10. Mohamed-Ali Cho