Tottenham have turned their attention to a potential transfer for Roger Ibanez from Roma as they widen their search for a centre-back, according to a report.
Spurs are looking to bolster their ranks across the pitch as they aim for another season of progress. Tottenham have qualified for next term’s Champions League but cannot slow down if they are to continue competing at the highest level.
As a result, Tottenham boss Antonio Conte brought in Ivan Perisic, a key ally he worked with at Inter.
Spurs have also solved their substitute goalkeeper problem, with Fraser Forster replacing Pierluigi Gollini in that role.
A third major priority for Conte and Tottenham is a new central defender. Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni has emerged as the key target, with Turin’s Gleison Bremer also on the shortlist.
According Transfer markethowever, Bremer’s fellow Brazilian Ibanez is another star on the north London club’s radar.
The report claims that Conte has always had a ‘watchful eye’ on the 23-year-old. Tottenham also have a long-term interest in Ibanez and were linked during last summer’s transfer window.
Moving on to the current market, Roma are set to lose Ibanez, but only for €30m (£25m).
Considering Inter value Bastoni at between £51m and £60m, that’s a much more achievable target. Or, he could be a cheaper alternative if a deal for Bastoni doesn’t work out.
Roma set sights on West Ham target if Ibanez quits
Ibanez was a standout star for Jose Mourinho’s Roma last season. He played in all 13 Europa Conference League matches to lead his team to triumph in the final against Feyenoord.
While Roma only managed a sixth-place finish in Serie A, Ibanez played 34 league games and were vital nonetheless.
Having joined Roma permanently from Atalanta last summer, his contract runs until 2025.
However, if Ibanez were to leave this summer, Transfer market indicates Arthur Theate of Bologna as successor target.
West Ham are interested in the Belgian alongside Rennes’ Nayef Aguerd.
Serie A is a happy hunting ground for Tottenham
It’s clear that Conte and Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici are targeting Serie A players to bolster Spurs’ ranks.
Their top three centre-back targets all play in the Italian top flight, while Perisic has signed from Inter.
Conte signed Juventus pair Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski in January. They played in Spurs’ top four in the Premier League, which created excitement for the club’s summer transfer business.
Conte knows he needs to bolster his ranks to keep his side competing and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see one – or more – signings come from Serie A.