Newcastle and Tottenham ‘enquire about Roma centre-back Roger Ibanez’ with both sides ‘ready to offer £30m’ for Jose Mourinho’s highly-rated Brazilian defender
- Newcastle and Tottenham have enquired about Roma’s Roger Ibanez
- Premier League sides are prepared for a bidding war over highly-rated defender
- Ibanez made 51 appearances in all competitions for the Serie A side last year
- Brazilian centre-back valued at £30m despite £80m release clause in contract
Newcastle and Tottenham have enquired over the availability of Roma defender Roger Ibanez ahead of the summer transfer window, according to Calciomercato.
The highly-rated Brazilian has caught the eye of the two Premier League sides after his impressive performances in Serie A and the Europa Conference League for Jose Mourinho’s team.
With both outfits looking to bolster their defensive quality ahead of the 2022/23 season, Ibanez has emerged as a prime target for the English clubs.
Tottenham and Newcastle are prepared to bid £30m for Roma defender Roger Ibanez
It’s understood that the two clubs have asked Roma over the player’s availability, with both sides prepared to make an offer in the region of £30m – despite the defender’s release clause standing at £80m.
The 23-year-old was ever present in Mourinho’s Roma side last season – making 51 appearances in all competitions as his team won the Europa Conference League and secured a sixth placed league finish.
Both Spurs and Newcastle have been scouting the Italian market for potential transfer targets – with Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni and Torino’s Gleison Bremer also making the list.
The 23-year-old defender celebrates after winning the Europa Conference League
Antonio Conte’s desire to get his business done early into the window has been made apparent – with Spurs already announcing the signings of Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic.
Inter’s Bastoni had been a key target for the Tottenham boss, but the player’s agent shut down rumours over a move after telling reporters his client ‘will certainly remain’ in Italy.
Eddie Howe’s Newcastle are preparing for their first summer window under their new ownership – who’ve already shown their intent in the transfer market by signing Matt Targett to a permanent deal this week.
Newcastle have already finalised a permanent deal for Aston Villa full-back Matt Targett