The Telegraph have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to complete the signing of Bolgonga defender Takehiro Tomiyasu during the Olympics that begin later this month.
Tomiyasu has been a consistent performer since arriving as a relatively unknown prospect at Bologna in 2019.
It was reported two weeks ago that Fabio Paratici was in talks with Bologna over a deal for the Japanese international, who has shown his proficiency at centre-back as well as at right-back for the Serie A club.
Corriere di Bologna (as relayed by SportsLens) then revealed last week that Spurs’ opening offer of €18m (£15.4m) was turned down by Bologna and that the North Londoners are expected to return with an improved bid.
The Telegraph have now revealed that Bologna value Tomiyasu at around £21.5m.
It is explained that the 22-year-old will be part of Japan’s squad set to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo which will take place from 24 August to 5 September.
Spurs are said to be hopeful of completing a deal for Tomiyasu during the event, with the player also said to be keen on joining a Premier League club.
If the Lilywhites do snap up the Bologna star, he will miss the start of the Premier League campaign due to his involvement in the Olympics.
Spurs Web Opinion
While Tomiyasu’s versatility could make him a smart addition, given our need for reinforcements at centre-back and right-back, the Japanese international is certainly not at his best playing in either position as a part of a back four. His signing could perhaps be evidence of the fact that Nuno is indeed primarily planning to deploy a back three at Spurs next season.
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