According to a report by Il Resto del Carlino (via Sport Witness), Tottenham Hotspur managing director Fabio Paratici held ‘new contacts’ with Bologna on Monday over defender target Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Lowdown: Spurs and Tomiyasu, the never-ending saga?
Tottenham have been in talks for the Japan international since the very start of July, with Sky Sports claiming Bologna rejected a £12.9 million (€15m) bid from Spurs, which included an extra £2.6 million (€3m) in add-ons.
Despite The Athletic’s claim soon afterwards that the Lilywhites were ‘closing in’ on his signing, nothing came of the report once the young defender jetted off to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
Alasdair Gold, after speaking with sources close to Tomiyasu, was confident his signing would happen but reports of a breakthrough have since died down.
The Latest: Paratici makes ‘new contacts’ for Tomiyasu…
As per Il Resto del Carlino (via Sport Witness), releasing an update on Tuesday, Paratici and Spurs held ‘new contacts’ with Bologna on Monday over the signing of Tomiyasu.
It is believed that the Serie A side are willing to do a deal for ‘around €25m (£21.2m)’ but could even settle for less if the offer includes ‘performance bonuses’ – which is expected to raise the overall price up.
In another twist, Il Resto del Carlino explain that Bologna have been made to rethink their transfer plans from now until the end of this transfer window after a shock defeat to Ternana in the Coppa Italia.
Boss Walter Sabatini even admitted that they would reflect and listen to ‘really important offers’ should they arrive.
The Verdict: Time to move on?
Despite being lauded as a ‘giant‘ player by the Italian press and averaging the joint-most clearances per 90 for Bologna last season (3.3), it feels like this saga is really dragging on and Paratici should perhaps abandon his drawn out pursuit of Tomiyasu.
The stunning performance of Japhet Tanganga against Manchester City last weekend highlighted an arguably better option for Nuno Espirito Santo and one which won’t cost chairman Daniel Levy a penny.
Tanganga can also play at both right-back and centre-half on demand, and given Spurs’ hunt for a new central midfielder and striker, Paratici’s funds are arguably better saved for bigger priority positions.
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