According to Calciomercato.it, Lilywhites target Takehiro Tomiyasu ‘wants’ to join Tottenham and an agreement has already been reached with Bologna for a ‘maximum of €20 million (£16.9m)’ – but there’s one last hurdle.
The Lowdown: Spurs in Tomiyasu talks…
Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici has had his eye on Tomiyasu for quite some time now with talks dating back to the beginning of last month.
Tottenham originally had a £12.9m (€15m) bid, plus an extra £2.6m (€3m) in add-ons, rejected by Bologna according to Sky Sports, but The Athletic then brought an update stating that a move was being finalised.
Updates went quiet on Tomiyasu just before and during the Olympic games, with reliable reporter Alasdair Gold revealing that sources on the player’s side were ‘confident’ a deal would still be done after he returned.
The Latest: Tomiyasu back on the cards?
Calciomercato.it have provided a fresh update on the saga from Italy, and they believe a Spurs agreement is already in place with Bologna to the tune of £16.9m.
They add that Tomiyasu ‘wants Tottenham’ and intermediaries are currently working to overcome the ‘latest obstacle’ preventing his arrival at N17.
This last hurdle in the deal, with talks having been ‘non-stop’ as they put it, concerns the ‘terms of payment’ – but intermediaries are apparently at work behind the scenes to resolve this issue.
The Verdict: Get it done…
For what should be one of their more fairly straightforward transfers of the window, Tottenham have certainly taken their sweet time in securing a deal for the Japan international.
As such, we believe he should still be brought to north London as a versatile ace who can solve two problems at once for new boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
The 22-year-old can be slotted in at both right-back and centre-back and finished the 2020/2021 Serie A campaign as one of Bologna’s most consistent defenders.
According to WhoScored, he averaged the joint-most clearances per 90 (3.3) out of the entire squad and joint-second most tackles in that time (1.5).
Still young and with plenty of years ahead of him, a £16.9m fee is totally worth it for a versatile and promising talent.
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