According to Calciomercato.it, Tottenham Hotspur managing director Fabio Paratici ‘could come back to knock on Serie A’s door’ as he eyes a swoop for AS Roma defender Roger Ibanez.
The Lowdown: Levy fails in 2020 bid…
As per Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, this certainly isn’t the first time Tottenham have been linked to the Brazilian powerhouse with chairman Daniel Levy apparently faltering in a bid to sign him last year.
Indeed, the outlet claimed that Spurs had a £22.75 million bid rejected for Ibanez who, at that point, joined Roma on an 18-month loan with an obligation to buy.
Now, an update has emerged and it appears Paratici could now also turn to the centre-back.
The Latest: Paratici could now swoop for Ibanez…
Over a year after Levy’s first attempt, Spurs’ new transfer chief apparently has his eyes on the 22-year-old and it is claimed he ‘could come back to knock on Serie A’s door’ for another target.
Calciomercato.it say Paratici personally likes the player and wants to sign another top defender from Italy’s top flight, after securing 2020/2021 MVP award winner Cristian Romero for £46.7 million (The Guardian).
Whether we could see a move in January or next summer isn’t stated, with the Italian outlet simply stating it could happen ‘in the next transfer market sessions’.
The Verdict: Get it done?
Lauded as ‘superb’ by Islington Gazette journalist Josh Bunting last season (Twitter), the South American ace has can also be deployed at right-back and as a defensive midfielder according to Transfermarkt.
This could solve many issues for manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Ibanez’ age means he comes with plenty of sell-on value too.
A fixture in Roma’s back four last season, making 30 Serie A appearances alone, the starlet already as a wealth of experience at the very top level, and we feel this mixture of immediate impact, growth potential and versatility would make him an excellent signing.
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