Arsenal and Liverpool register interest in Roma defender Roger Ibanez

Roger Ibanez has impressed at Roma this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal have joined Liverpool and other Premier League clubs in showing an interest in Roma defender Roger Ibanez, according to reports in Italy.

The 22-year-old centre-back has started 13 Serie A games this season and impressed in the Italian capital, where he is on a long-term loan deal from Atalanta.

The Brazilian moved to Atalanta from Fluminense in 2019 but left for Roma the following year having failed to break into the first team.

He is currently on loan in Rome, but the transfer will be made permanent in June 2021 for a fee of just €8m (£7.2m).

However, according to Italian publication Calciomercato, Arsenal are interested in making a bid themselves, as are Everton and Leicester City, with all of them having made contact with his club.

This comes after Liverpool were reported to be interested in the Brazilian earlier in December as they look to combat their injury crisis in the middle of defence.

It is thought Ibanez will cost around £35m, but that figure could rise if a number of clubs are interested enough to make a move for him.

Paris Saint-Germain have also been credited with an interest in the young defender, which could also see his value climb in the January window.

Liverpool are thought likely to make a move for a centre-back in January with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both out for the vast majority, if not the entire, season.

Joel Matip is also struggling for fitness, leaving Fabinho holding the fort alongside youngsters Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips, with Jordan Henderson potentially being drafted in at centre-back.

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