Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has admitted that Takehiro Tomiyasu ‘could make it to the Premier League’.
The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur throughout the course of the summer transfer window, but a move has yet failed to materialise.
Tomiyasu has impressed Serie A since his move from Sint-Truiden back in 2019, the Japanese international has operated as both a centre-back and right-back for Bologna.
Mihajlovic revealed that he has had to call upon the defender to be part of his threadbare squad for this evening’s Italian top flight trip to Atalanta despite being a doubt due to the ankle injury he sustained while on international duty at the Olympic Games.
The Serbian admitted that he would like to keep Tomiyasu at the club beyond the transfer window and expects him to show top professionalism while a move is still a possibility.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have also been credited with an interest in the defender (Sky Sports).
“I just try to make him understand that, as long as one is in our team, he must be a professional to the end. If he were to leave I would be happy for him because he arrived here when he was a stranger and now he could go to the Premier League,” Mihajlovic told Tuttomercatoweb.
“If he stayed, I’d be happy for us. We are here waiting for what happens.
“The important thing is that, until the transfer market ends, he puts himself at our disposal. Tomorrow, I will include him (in the squad) because we are still a bit in an emergency even if I have some doubts whether to let him play…”
With Tottenham having generated funds from the sale of Moussa Sissoko, while also freeing up one of their none-homegrown places in their squad, it would not be a surprise to see Spurs go back in for Tomiyasu.
Serge Aurier’s likely departure would provide further justification for a move to happen, with his ability to play at both right-back and centre back.
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