According to an update in the paper edition of Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness, Tottenham Hotspur managing director Fabio Paratici is only €3 million (£2.5m) from Bologna’s valuation of defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Lowdown: Tottenham in Tomiyasu talks…
Spurs have been attempting to tie up a deal for the Japan international since the beginning of July, with Sky Sports lifting the lid on an initial opening bid from Paratici being rejected.
The Athletic then dropped a promising update last week, claiming that Tottenham were ‘closing in’ on Tomiyasu and that the two clubs were finalising details.
The Latest: Spurs only £2.5m away…
As per this update by Corriere dello Sport, Paratici is only €3 million (£2.5m) from Bologna director Riccardo Bigon’s demands for Tomiyasu after their latest bid for the player.
The same outlet stated on Tuesday (via Sport Witness) that Bologna’s valuation is around €25 million (£21.4m) and they continue the story with a fresh update, going on to claim that the Serie A side will not lower their asking price for the defender.
This is despite the fact negotiations over Tomiyasu’s sale are in fact slowing down their own transfer market activity, with there apparently being a need to get something done soon.
Bologna’s chairman, however, has made it clear they will not sell below his valuation and Paratici may just need that little bit more to seal an agreement.
The Verdict: Pay the money…
Tomiyasu, as well as being described as a ‘warrior’ by teammate Mitchell Dijks (Tuttosport), played a starring role under manager Sinisa Mihajlovic last season.
Indeed, he started 31 league matches for Bologna over 2020/2021 whilst averaging the joint-most clearances per 90 out of Bologna’s entire squad (WhoScored).
He is also versatile and able to deputise at both centre-half and right-back, potentially shoring up two problem positions for Spurs in one swoop.
Therefore, we believe Tottenham should get this over the line as soon as possible.
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