Tottenham in negotiations to sign £15m-rated Takehiro Tomiyasu
The 22-year-old Tomiyasu started out his career with Avispa Fukuoka in Japan before making his way to Europe in January 2018 when he signed for Belgian outfit Sint-Truden. Having made a solid impression during his time with the club, the defender was snapped up by Bologna in the summer of 2019.
Since arriving in Italy, Tomiyasu has been a fairly regular starter for Bologna, making 63 appearances, in which he has scored and assisted three goals apiece. The 22-year-old, who can play at centre-back as well as at right-back with equal comfort, featured 33 times in the 2020/21 season.
Tottenham are lining up reinforcements in both positions with Serge Aurier expected to be on his way out this summer. Tariq Lamptey of Brighton & Hove Albion was considered as an option but was deemed expensive as the Seagulls demanded £35m for the Englishman. (h/t Daily Mail)
Tomiyasu, meanwhile, is expected to cost Tottenham just around £15m, making him a much more affordable option. At the same time, his ability to play at centre-back would also mean the incoming manager, whoever that may be, has more options and flexibility within the squad.
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It is interesting to see that Tottenham are pressing ahead with the pursuit of a player despite having not named a manager as of yet. Indeed, Spurs have been without a permanent head coach since Jose Mourinho was fired back in April. Nevertheless, Tomiyasu, given his age, versatile nature and potential, and the valuation, can prove to be a shrewd purchase by Daniel Levy & co.