Nottingham face competition from Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli for Roger Ibanez
Nottingham Forest, a professional football club based in West Bridgford, Nottingham, England, is facing major competition from Al-Ahli Football Club, a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Jeddah, for Roger Ibanez, one of the most famous Brazilian footballers who plays for Serie A club Roma and the Brazilian national team.
Nottingham Forest submitted its first formal bid for Roger Ibanez. Later on, the Saudi FC made an offer for the 25-year-old footballer. The Roma defender is currently negotiating with both Al-Ahli and Nottingham. He is yet to make the decision.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed that Nottingham Forest had bid €25 million for the footballer. According to reports, the Brazilian footballer was asking a price closer to the 30 million euro mark.
Fabrizio Romano wrote on Twitter, “Saudi side Al Ahli approached AS Roma for Roger Ibanez. Follows official bid submitted yesterday by Nottingham Forest for Brazilian defender. Negotiations are ongoing with Al Ahli and Nottingham Forest, no time for decision yet.”
Atlanta United FC, an American professional soccer club based in Atlanta, sold the footballer to the Giallorossi, commonly referred to as Roma, for €9m in 2021. Under the agreement, if Roma sell him before June 2024, then they must pay Atalanta 10 per cent of the transfer fee.
Roger mainly plays as a central defender. However, the footballer can also play as a defensive midfielder. He is one of the most popular footballers.
Last year, he received his first call up to the Brazil national team, for friendly matches against Ghana and Tunisia.
Recently, Barcelona, a professional football club based in Barcelona, Spain, and Al-Ahli, a professional football club based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, have reached a verbal agreement over the €15 million transfer of footballer Franck Kessie. The footballer also agreed on personal terms with the Saudi club.