Roma sign Brazilian defender Roger Ibanez

MILAN (AFP) – Brazilian defender Roger Ibanez da Silva has joined Roma from Serie A rivals Atalanta on an 18-month loan deal which includes an obligation to buy, both Italian clubs said on Monday.

Roma confirmed the transfer was worth EUR10 million (USD11 million) including bonuses, with the final purchase depending on the 21-year-old meeting certain targets after the loan period which runs until June 30, 2024.

“Roma has everything I want in a club – it’s a huge side. I am certain that I will be happy here,” said Ibanez who joined Atalanta in January 2019 from Fluminense, but featured just twice.