Tottenham Hotspur were heavily linked with a move for Takehiro Tomiyasu for a fair chunk of the summer transfer window.
The Telegraph claimed in July that Tottenham were hoping to wrap up the signing of the Atalanta defender during the Olympic Games, with the 22-year-old having headed back to Japan to represent his country.
The move failed to materialise, with Tottenham instead having moved to secure the services of Emerson Royal from Barcelona.
Tomiyasu is now expected to move to North London rivals Arsenal ahead of the deadline closing.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has revealed earlier this evening that the agent of the defender texted him a fortnight ago ahead of his move to Emirates, asking whether he knew of any Premier League clubs who were interested in a right-back, with Solhekol admitting that he did not reply to the message since he did not know who had sent it.
🗣"One of the agents involved in the deal messaged me and asked if I knew any PL clubs who needed a right-back. I didn't get back to him, I didn't know who he was." 🤣@SkyKaveh reveals the agent of Takehiro Tomiyasu text him ahead of his move to Arsenal. #DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/czPgjq2UZD
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 31, 2021
It sounds as if Spurs have potentially dodged a bullet with the Tomiyasu deal, and in fact have recruited a better right-back with Emerson.
It is no surprise that Spurs’ interest in the Japan international appeared to wane if there were fun and games going on in the background with his representatives.
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