‘Medical completed’ as Arsenal close in on €23m Spurs target

Joe Williams
Takehiro Tomiyasu Arsenal

Premier League side Arsenal are closing in on the transfer of Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, according to reports.

Tottenham have been the main club linked over the summer transfer window with various reports claiming a deal had been done for the centre-back.

Even yesterday there was a report that Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici could go back in for Tomiyasu before the deadline.

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However, nothing official has materialised and now their north London rivals Arsenal are about to complete the signing for £19.8m (€23m).

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol claims that contracts have now been exchanged between all relevant parties on a four-year deal as Arsenal edge closer to finalising the transfer.

It will be a four-year deal for the Japan international – who has been away at the Olympics this summer – and is currently ‘flying to Qatar for Japan games v Oman and China’.

Solhekol claims he will then fly to London on September 8 to start his new life as a Gunners player, with Mikel Arteta set to make his sixth signing of the summer transfer window.

And Fabrizio Romano also confirmed that Tomiyasu’s medical has now been completed.

Meanwhile, Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian thinks his Brazilian client “did the right thing” by tearing up his contract at Arsenal.

Joorabchian told talkSPORT: “Yes, it is true, it’s mostly accurate. I’m not going to reveal numbers exactly, but the reports are pretty much accurate.

“He terminated his contract and he did it willingly, he’s probably one of the first players to do so. Previously players, especially at Arsenal, have sat their contracts out, but he wasn’t one of them.”

When asked for the reasons behind his exit, Joorabchian added: “When he joined, he sincerely joined because he was very much at the centre of Arteta’s thinking.

“Arteta make several presentations to Willian and made it clear he would be the focus point of how he would build the team around him.

“Willian had an offer from Chelsea to extend for two more years, but he wanted three years and he made the move. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for him.

“He was getting very heavily criticised over why he made the move here, but none of the things that have been suggested have not been the case.”

Joorabchian continued: “I spoke to Arsenal. I had a meeting with Arteta and Edu, they explained this has not gone well and I spoke to Willian.

“I don’t think it benefits any part to just let someone sit there for the sake of sitting there. When things go wrong, both sides should consider the fact it’s gone wrong and you need to find a solution.

“I think Willian did the right thing, he went for the project and the project wasn’t there. Unfortunately, I’d have to say, which player has moved to Arsenal that has not been a disaster in the last couple of years? That one I speak as a fan

“I don’t think this is about WIllian. I think something has gone wrong [at Arsenal] and this is just one piece of the puzzle.

“Nobody blames Arteta, we all want Arteta to do well. Even as fans, they might be disgruntled at the moment but they want the best for the football club. Willian wants all the success for Arteta and this Arsenal team.

“Corintihans is a perfect marriage, they have 40 million fans, he began his career at the club…”