Liverpool have joined Paris Saint-Germain in showing an interest in Roma defender Roger Ibañez.
That’s according to AS Roma Live, who say the defender has been added to the growing list of centre-backs the Reds are seemingly looking at.
As you’ll be more than aware by now, Liverpool are in desperate need of a new centre back in January after losing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term injuries.
Joel Matip has also suffered with niggling injuries in recent weeks, meaning adding to the squad would be a smart move for the Premier League champions.
They have subsequently been linked with defenders across Europe, with players in Spain, Germany and now, it seems, Italy all on their list.
AS Roma Live report that after a ‘convincing’ start to the season, Ibañez is proving to be a ‘flagship’ player for the Serie A side.
He had interest from the Premier League in the summer, with Leicester and Tottenham both making €30m offers for the Brazilian.
That ‘line up of fans’ is ‘bound to increase’ according to the website, who say that PSG have joined the race after their director of football Leonardo identified the player as a possible replacement for Thiago Silva.
They, though, would find it difficult to match Roma’s €35-40m asking price in January but that is not a problem for Liverpool, who are ‘ready to make important investments’ to cover the loss of Van Dijk in particular.
Whether they would be willing to match Roma’s demands isn’t mentioned, but it seems Ibañez is certainly one of the profiles they are keeping an eye on.