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Tottenham Hotspur: Lilywhites close in on Takehiro Tomiyasu

Tottenham Hotspur: Lilywhites close in on Takehiro Tomiyasu - Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Rumours

According to a report by Football Insider, Tottenham Hotspur ‘expect’ to seal the signing of Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu ‘this month’ with a ‘total agreement’ for the ‘marquee transfer’ now close.

The Lowdown: Spurs in Tomiyasu talks…

Since the start of the month, Spurs and Fabio Paratici have been negotiating with the Serie A side in a bid to make Tomiyasu their first major signing of the summer.

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Sky Sports detailed a first bid from the Lilywhites which was swiftly rejected, with the amount coming to around £12.9m (€15m) plus an extra £2.6m (€3m) in add-ons.

The Athletic then reported that Spurs are ‘closing in’ on the 22-year-old, with Football Insider now providing a fresh update.

The Latest: Spurs expect to seal Tomiyasu ‘this month’

As per the outlet, Spurs expect to seal his signing this month following a breakthrough in talks with Bologna.

In what they describe as a ‘marquee transfer’ for the Lilywhites, FI explain that a ‘total agreement’ for the versatile ace is now close and all parties involved expected a deal to go through successfully.

Paratici has already agreed the terms of a contract for Tomiyasu as recent talks revolve around the structure of a fee and bonus payments – which is believed to be £15.5m including add-ons.

The Verdict: Brilliant move…

The Japan international is arguably a snip at that price given he can play both right-back and in the centre-half position (WhoScored), potentially solving two glaring problems in the depth of Nuno Espirito Santo’s defence.

Serge Aurier has been heavily touted with a move away this summer after his own exit admission, while Tottenham’s priority of reinforcing their central defensive options is well documented.

Starting 31 Serie A matches for Bologna over 2020/2021, he averaged the joint-most clearances per 90 (3.3) out of their entire squad in that time (WhoScored).

Securing Tomiyasu for the bargain £15.5m would certainly be a solid start to Paratici’s reign.

In other news: ‘Sensational’…Sky pundit in awe of ‘fabulous player’ who Nuno wants to sign for Spurs, find out more here.

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