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Tottenham closing in on Takehiro Tomiyasu transfer

Robbie Copeland
Tomiyasu is nearing a move to Spurs
Tomiyasu is nearing a move to Spurs / Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

Tottenham are nearing a deal for Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, with reports in Italy suggesting negotiations are in their final stages.

Nuno Espirito Santo has been hard at work putting his new squad together for the season ahead, and their pre-season preparations are set to kick off with a short trip to face Leyton Orient on Saturday. As yet, however, he is yet to make any significant signings.

The latest from Italian outlet Il Resto del Carlino, however, suggests that may well be changing. Their print edition has been broken down by Sport Witness, and claims that Spurs and Bologna are very close to an agreement.

As things stand, Tottenham have offered €20m plus conditional bonuses, whereas Bologna are holding out for €25m up front. But it seems likely that a compromise will be reached, and a deal could even be announced before their first friendly this weekend.

It will be a while yet before Tottenham fans see him in action, however, as he is set to play for Japan at the Olympics, which kick off next week.

Arsenal had been linked with a move for Tomiyasu, but they appear to have settled on Brighton's Ben White as their primary defensive target. Fabrizio Romano, meanwhile, had claimed that Atalanta remained in the running, but the latest reports from Italy have Spurs as the only serious contender to sign him at this stage.

22-year-old Tomiyasu was a revelation for Bologna last season, and has adjusted well to Serie A since his move from Belgian side Sint-Truiden in 2019. That came just a year after leaving his native Japan, and it now seems as if the Premier League will be his next move.

He has played 63 times over two seasons for Bologna, impressing with his versatility and dexterity. A ball-playing defender, he seems like he could be a good fit for the back three that Santo perfected at Wolves.