​Having sold misfit Renato Sanches to Lille, Bayern have immediately activated the £36m release clause of Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca.

The 22-year-old made 35 La Liga starts last season, but will now be expected to compete in a crowded midfield with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso and Javi Martinez. 

Without further ado, here are a few things Bayern fans need to know about their potential new signing.

He Won the Under-21 European Championship

Marc Roca

​Roca was part of Spain's successful Under-21 European Championship winning squad this summer, featuring in an all-star midfield alongside Premier League new boys Dani Ceballos and Pablo Fornals, as well as Fabian Ruiz of ​Napoli.

Roca even scored in the semi-finals, a 4-1 demolition of a France side that included ​Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi. Spain ran out 2-1 winners in the final against Germany, with Roca impressing throughout the tournament.

He Has Played for the Catalonian National Team

Marc Roca

​Although Roca will still be eligible for the senior Spanish team in the future, he has already represented Catalonia. Born in the region, Roca appeared in a 3-3 draw with Tunisia in 2016. 

Although Catalonia very rarely play international games, notable names have featured for the region, such as Xavi, Pep Guardiola and Carles Puyol, while ​Gerard Pique is the current captain. 

Real Madrid Wanted to Sign Him


This summer, ​Real Madrid were extremely keen on the Spaniard, turning their attention to him having been unable to prise Paul Pogba away from ​Man Utd.

With ​Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ageing, and Marcos Llorente sold to bitter rivals ​Atletico Madrid, Real were keen on strengthening their midfield options, although it looks like ​Bayern have stolen a march on their man. 

He Has Been Compared to Xabi Alonso and Sergio Busquets

Xabi Alonso

​As a Spanish player, it is only natural that Roca would receive comparisons to his nation's greats, with his style most often likened to the deep-lying duo Xabi Alonso and Sergio Busquets. 

Roca is said to possess the composure of both, combined with Busquets' defensive reading of the game and Alonso's long-range passing ability.