According to the print edition of Corriere di Bologna (as relayed by Sport Witness), Tottenham are optimistic about completing the signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu, with the Lilywhites now close to reaching an agreement with Bologna.
It was reported two weeks ago that Fabio Paratici was in talks with Bologna over a deal for Tomiyasu, who has impressed both at centre-back and right-back for the Serie A club.
Some sources indicated last week that Spurs’ opening offer of €18m (£15.4m) was turned down by Bologna and that the North Londoners were expected to return with an improved bid.
Corriere di Bologna have now revealed that Tottenham’s second offer is worth around €23m (£19.6m) along with bonuses.
While it is explained that an agreement has not been reached, with Bologna wanting €25m (£21.3m) for the defender, the parties have moved significantly closer.
The report states that Spurs are ‘ready to formulate a third and definitive offer’ for Tomiyasu and are optimistic that they will be able to seal his signing.
The 22-year-old is said to be keen on completing a transfer to the Lilywhites as the Premier League is described as ‘the championship of his dreams’.
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It now looks increasingly likely that Tomiyasu is going to be our first summer signing. If the Japanese international does arrive through the door, that will be a sign that Nuno is primarily planning to employ a back three at Spurs next season as the 22-year-old is most comfortable as a right-centre-back in a back three.
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