Roma have identified Roger Ibanez as the starter to cash in on to bankroll their acquisitions, but there has been no good decent for him. The Giallorossi set a high price tag, €30M, to avoid other relevant sales, Il Tempo informs (via Retesport).
Considering the delay, the capital side had to part ways with multiple youngsters before June 30th to abide by a Financial Fair Play deadline. Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, and Aston Villa are reportedly keen but not enough to table a bid.
Roma made Ibanez available following the Bosman signing of Evan N’Dicka and the return of Diego Llorente. He headed back on a simple loan from Leeds United. The 24-year-old had already ceded minutes to the Spaniard in the second half of last season. However, the teammate suffering a thigh injury allowed him to return to the starting XI.
The Giallorossi sold Bryan Reynolds to Westelo. Instead, Matias Vina will join Sassuolo on loan with option to buy. While helpful, those moves aren’t enough to accelerate for Gianluca Scamacca while they are inching closer to Renato Sanches.
Our Take on Roma and Ibanez
It’s a rare instance where technical and economic aspects coincide. While he’s not yet a finished product and is still likely to get better, it’s farfetched to think somebody will offer that much for a center-back so prone to making blunders in big spots.
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