Newcastle United were linked with signing Roger Ibanez during the summer transfer window, but were reportedly put off by Roma’s asking price.
The Magpies were in the market for a centre-back this summer, bringing in Sven Botman. He cost £35million from Lille.
However, there were other defenders linked with a move to St James’ Park. And one of them was Ibanez. Calciomercato claimed in June that Newcastle and Tottenham wanted to bring the 23-year-old to the Premier League.
But Ibanez ended the summer in Serie A, staying with Jose Mourinho at Roma. And a new report explains why he didn’t make the move from Italy to England.
Roma set huge asking price for Roger Ibanez
According to Roma Giallorossa, both Newcastle and Tottenham made enquiries about signing Ibanez from Roma. However, both sides were put off by his asking price.
The report states that Roma wanted his release clause paid in full, which is £70million.
Given the amount quoted, it’s no surprise that Ibanez didn’t join Newcastle or Tottenham. Instead, the Magpies brought in Botman. As for Spurs, they signed Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona.
It doesn’t look like either side are ruing their decision not to splash out on Ibanez. While Newcastle should have more points, they have started the season very well defensively. Meanwhile Tottenham are proving they could be title contenders under Antonio Conte.
But Ibanez is enjoying himself too, and his form for Roma has earned him an international callup.
Now he’s playing alongside Bruno Guimaraes
Ibanez is currently uncapped for Brazil, but could make his debut during this international break. Tite’s side face Ghana and Tunisia in friendlies as they continue to prepare for the World Cup this winter.
The defender will hope to be part of Brazil’s squad at the tournament, and so will Newcastle superstar Bruno Guimaraes.
He is also away on international duty, working alongside Ibanez as they are put through their paces.
This week they will be teammates in yellow, but they could have been playing together in black and white if things had gone differently this summer.
But Ibanez was too expensive for Newcastle, who instead signed Botman for half the price. And that was absolutely the right decision given the finances involved.