Tottenham have opened talks with Bologna centre-back Takehiro Tomiyasu, as relayed by The Daily Mail.
The Lowdown: Tottenham gear up for 2021/22
Moving into 2021/22, many fans up and down the country will be intrigued to see how the Lilywhites bounce back from a disappointing seventh-placed finish last time out.
Although they have not yet ventured into the transfer market yet as they continue to search for a new manager, Spurs have been heavily linked with moves for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Marcel Sabitzer respectively.
However, they now could be set to notch their first signing of the summer window following recent reports.
Would Tomiyasu be a good signing for THFC?
The Latest: Tomiyasu opens talks; Spurs confident of striking deal
As it stands, Tottenham have entered discussions about the possibility of bringing Tomiyasu to north London. Believed to be rated at around £15m, he is capable of plying his trade in central defence or at right-back [The Daily Mail].
As Tottenham remain on the lookout for a new manager, he could be in line to be the first recruit of any prospective new regime.
The Verdict: Tomiyasu would be an ideal addition
The 22-year-old defender would appear to fit the profile of signing needed to succeed in north London, particularly with the potential exit of Serge Aurier [The Independent] creating an opening at right-back and the club in the hunt for at least one centre-back if not two [football.london].
In 2020/21, Tomiyasu made 33 appearances for I Rossoblù, scoring twice [Transfermarkt]. Encouragingly, he also illustrated his resolve within the Bologna rearguard by making the joint-most clearances within their entire first team squad, posting 3.3 per match across the season [WhoScored].
Once labelled as ‘promising’ by Italian football analyst Tom Pearce [serieaanalysis.com], he has competed at an elite level, featuring 23 times for the Japanese international side along with his Serie A experience.
With pre-season fast approaching at Enfield Training Centre, Tottenham should look to finalise the deal as swiftly as possible.
In other news, a Tottenham pundit has dropped his verdict on a reported transfer target.
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