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Newcastle United Are Planning To Move In For This Serie A Defender: Right Fit For Howe?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Calciomercato mentioned that Newcastle United are planning to move in for AS Roma defender Roger Ibanez. It has been claimed that the Magpies are eyeing a move to secure the services of the Brazilian centre-half this summer.

Ibanez’s Decent Form In Serie A This Season

Ibanez experienced a solid season at Rome as he managed to establish himself as a dominant defender in Jose Mourinho’s first XI. The 24-year-old has scored three times in 48 matches for the Italian giants during this campaign in various competitions.

The two-time Brazil international has been a rock at the back for the Serie A outfit after putting in a run of impressive displays for them on the defensive end of the pitch.

His current deal with AS Roma is set to expire in 2025. Hence, it won’t be easy for the Magpies to sign him on the cheap during this summer transfer period.

Roger Ibanez
AS Roma’s Brazilian defender Roger Ibanez receives medical attention after getting an elbow in the face during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Sevilla FC and AS Roma at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary on May 31, 2023. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP) (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Is Ibanez The Right Fit For Newcastle United?

Ibanez can get stuck in with some crunching tackles to make life difficult for the opposition and can make a few timely interceptions for his team as well.

The Brazilian defensive ace usually clears his lines when needed and can use his strong 1.86m frame to dominate the opposition in the air. However, there are some major question marks over whether the AS Roma star can adapt to the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football.

Ibanez will definitely bring more bite and steel to Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe’s backline. He has what it takes to compete for a regular starting spot at St. James’ Park next season.

At 24, the future looks quite promising for Ibanez as long as he continues to improve the defensive side of his game with each year.

All in all, Newcastle would do well to get the Brazilian talent on board during this summer transfer period as he could help them challenge across all competitions over the next few years. Plus, he will only get better every season which makes him a good fit for the Magpies in the long run.

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