Riccardo Bigon admits that Bologna are not in a hurry to sell Takehiro Tomiyasu to Tottenham Hotspur
He has confirmed that the club received a transfer bid for the defender but admits that the club is not in a rush to part ways with the centre-back. The 22-year-old is currently preparing to take part in the Tokyo Olympics. The 22-year-old has three years left to run on his contract at the Serie A side, giving Bologna some leeway in negotiations.
“We’re not in a rush to sell Tomiyasu.”
It was reported that a deal worth £15million plus add ons was in the works. Whether this update means a deal is far off remains to be seen. Hopefully, it is just a part of the process and will be resolved sooner rather than later.
Spurs are also in the market for Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero. The Argentine is one of the best young prospects in Europe and came into his own last season. A part of his country’s Copa America winning side, Romero’s stock is high and landing him would be a coup for Tottenham. He also ended the 2020/21 season at Atalanta being named the Serie A Defender of the Year. (h/t Football.london)
Fabio Paratici will be familiar with Romero since he is technically a Juventus player. Atalanta has the option to make his transfer permanent for €16m and could do so before flipping him for a profit this summer.
According to the report, a move for Tomiyasu is unlikely unless Spurs decide to bring in more than one centre-back. Given that the futures of both Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld are uncertain, that might prove to be the case. (h/t Mirror)
While Bigon has not ruled out a move, he does appear to hint that Spurs needing to up their offer to get the deal over the line. The player for his part appears keen on moving to the Premier League but the Italians look set to hold out for a larger slice of the pie.
“He’s tempted by the Premier League chance, we’re gonna wait for good conditions.”
Bologna are seeking £17m for the player’s services. While Spurs are already close to meeting that value, it remains to be seen if Daniel Levy will be willing to raise his offer.
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There is much for Spurs to gain by landing Tomiyasu. The Japanese ace is a versatile player capable of playing anywhere in the backline. Given the issues we have faced at the back, his abilities could give Nuno Espirito Santo a number of options this season. Whether that comes to pass remains to be seen.