According to Sky Sports, Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is ‘said to prefer’ a move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, with talks having been held.
The Lowdown: Spurs in Tomiyasu talks…
Spurs and managing director Fabio Paratici have been trying to prise the Japan international away from Serie A since the start of last month.
The Lilywhites first submitted a £12.9m (€15m) offer, plus an extra £2.6m (€3m) in add-ons, for the versatile ace, but it was swiftly rejected (Sky Sports). However, The Athletic reported a breakthrough some time afterwards and it was believed that terms were being finalised on a £15m deal plus add-ons.
The Latest: Tomiyasu prefers Spurs move…
According to the reliable outlet, Tottenham have indeed been in negotiations for Tomiyasu, who is rated at £17m, but have been unable to reach a full agreement so far. As such, Spurs are now looking at Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic as an alternative option and more talks are now being held.
Tomiyasu is attracting attention from other Premier League clubs amid this dispute as Wolverhampton Wanderers make an inquiry for his services. However, the player is ‘said to prefer’ a move to N17 over Molineux and seemingly wants to join Nuno Espirito Santo at his new club.
The Verdict: Milenkovic…
We believe that Milenkovic has actually emerged as a better option for Tottenham in terms of ability and price tag.
Journalist Charlie Eccleshare of The Athletic believes that the Serbian could leave Italy for as little as €15m (£12.7m) this summer in a possible ‘straightforward’ deal for Spurs (Twitter). At just 23, he would bring just as much as sell-on value to Spurs as Tomiyasu (22) while costing less.
Saving every penny in this sell-to-buy transfer market is crucial for Tottenham, especially if they want to invest more heavily into targets like Lautaro Martinez and Pau Torres (The Times), so Milenkovic may well be a better option than the Japanese defender.
In other news: Offer pending: Tottenham front race to sign ‘very exciting’ player with ‘gigantic buzz’, find out more here.
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