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Official offer expected ‘within a few days’ as Tottenham intensify efforts to sign €30m Brazilian centre-back

Roger Ibanez Roma, May 2022

Tottenham have reportedly stepped up their efforts to sign a top Serie A centre-back and an offer could be made official ‘within a few days’.

Signing a new central defender is expected to be one of Ange Postecoglou’s major priorities this summer, along with a new keeper and a creative midfielder in what will be a busy next few months in north London.

The failure to secure any European football for next season has seemingly ruled out the likes of Alessandro Bastoni and Gleison Bremier signing, but Italian website Roma Giallorossa has given an update on the club’s interest in Roma star Roger Ibanez.

In an exclusive report, the outlet claims that Spurs have ‘intensified’ their contacts in the ‘last few hours’, and it’s even possible that an official offer will arrive ‘within a few days’.

At this stage, it’s reported that Jose Mourinho’s men are demanding between €30m and €35m to let Ibanez go, although Roma Giallorossa adds that a figure of between  €25m and €30m could be enough to secure the signing.

It’s claimed that both Spurs and London rivals West Ham have been ‘monitoring’ the talented 24-year-old, although it’s Postecoglou’s men that are firm favorites for his signature.

Spurs hoping to take advantage of Roma need to sell

The report adds that Tottenham may have another advantage in their chase for Ibanez, given that Roma are in need of funds and need to make around €30m in sales before the end of the month.

Ibanez and former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham represent the main hopes of making money this month, although the latter’s injury problems have likely ruled out an exit for him.

Finally, the report states that Postecoglou is an ‘admirer’ of Ibanez, so it makes sense that the club are making an early approach for him.

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