Spurs-linked central defender signs long-term contract

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Roma defender Roger Ibanez has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at the Stadio Olympico amid rumoured interest from Tottenham Hotspur. 

Ibanez’s reputation has grown considerably since he moved to Roma in January of last year. 

The Brazilian has established himself as a regular starter for Paulo Fonseca’s side this season and has been one of their most consistent performers. 

Roma Live reported a few months ago that Tottenham Hotspur made a failed approach for the 22-year-old last summer.  

CalcioMercato claim that Ibanez has attracted the interest of Spurs as well as Leicester recently, which is why Roma were keen to get him to put pen to paper on the new deal.

The report reveals that the defender has signed with the Serie A club until 2025, with his contract containing a release clause of €80m (£69m).

It is stated that the release clause would only be valid until late July and could not be activated in the final few weeks of the transfer window.

Spurs Web Opinion 

A release clause of £69m certainly puts us out of the running for Ibanez’s signature. Not only is that amount likely to be higher than our entire summer transfer budget but the Brazilian has done nowhere enough to justify that kind of price.

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