Tottenham are closing in on a move for Bologna centre-back Takehiro Tomiyasu, according to reports in Italy.
The Japan international is viewed as a great signing to improve Nuno Espirito Santo’s defence ahead of the new campaign.
He featured 31 times in Serie A during 2020/21, scoring two goals. His relatively low price tag makes him an achievable signing for Tottenham.
According to Italian paper Il Resto del Carlino (via Sport Witness), Tottenham aren’t far off agreeing a deal with Bologna for Tomiyasu.
There is apparently ‘minimal difference’ between their offer and the asking price set by the Italian side.
That gap will be smoothed out over the next few days as Fabio Paratici continues to work on the club’s first major summer signing.
Spurs started the transfer pursuit with a £15.5million bid at the start of July. That included an outright fee of £12.9m plus £2.6m in add-ons but was rejected by Bologna.
The report states that Spurs have upped their offer to around €20m (£17m) plus bonuses, although Bologna are holding out for €25m (£21.3m) in total.
Should the transfer go through, Santo will have a talented and versatile defender at his disposal.
Tomiyasu can operate at either right-back or centre-back and would certainly challenge the likes of Eric Dier or Serge Aurier next term.
The north London side’s defence has been left wanting in recent seasons and Tomiyasu could help to shore them up.
According to Serie A Analysis’ scout report of Tomiyasu, he is a powerful defender who has the ability to dribble past opponents to set up a counter-attack.
He is equally comfortable at both full-back and in the centre of defence but spent most of his time at centre-back last term.
Tomiyasu is also an intelligent player as he regularly intercepts through balls to prevent goalscoring opportunities. His 6ft 1in frame makes him a threat from set pieces, too.
Spurs have been linked with plenty of centre-backs in recent months to improve their backline.
Lyon starlet Joachim Andersen, who spent last season on loan at Fulham, seems to have impressed club officials.
They’ve also looked at Inter Milan and Slovakia star Milan Skriniar, who recently helped the Nerazzurri to the Serie A title.
But it seems Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy have set their sights on Tomiyasu as he will command a lower transfer fee.