Everton are reportedly in a race with a number of other clubs in the Premier League to sign Takehiro Tomiyasu in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Tomiyasu impresses
Tomiyasu has had somewhat of a breakthrough season for Bologna in the Serie A, winning no fewer than 5.4 of his duels per game while also averaging 3.3 clearances, 1.7 interceptions and 1.5 tackles per match (Sofascore).
It is no surprise to see so many teams interested in signing the Japan international, who at just 22 years of age, certainly has the potential to become one of the world’s best.
The Latest: Everton eye Tomiyasu
As per Il Resto Del Carlino, the Goodison Park faithful are currently monitoring Tomiyasu along with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, while Atalanta are also thought to be interested in his signature.
Spurs are reportedly the favourites having already made a bid, although that has been rejected, and so the Merseyside club still have a chance of signing him.
The Verdict: Sign
Tomiyasu can play as a central defender as well as a right-back, and his versatility is a quality that would be so useful to new manager Rafa Benitez in his squad ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Should Everton sign Tomiyasu?
Described as a ‘giant’ by Italian media back in February, Tomiyasu has a six-foot-two frame, which means that he can prove useful in both boxes, and so would be a handy player to have in the English top flight, where the intensity and physicality of the league is well-known.
Currently rated at £18m by Transfermarkt, he would likely not break the bank for the Toffees, and so signing him up certainly seems to be a smart move.
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