Tottenham open talks for Bologna’s Tomiyasu

Tottenham have opened talks to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Spurs’ new managing director of football Fabio Paratici has approached the Serie A club about a potential deal for the Japan international.

Bologna are said to want at least £17m (€20m) for Tomiyasu, who is equally comfortable at both centre-back and right-back – both priority positions that managerless Spurs want to strengthen this summer.

The future of right-back Serge Aurier is in doubt, with the Ivory Coast international seeking to leave, while they have been looking to strengthen at centre-back since last summer despite signing Joe Rodon.

Sky Sports News has already reported the club’s interest in Tariq Lamptey of Brighton and Norwich’s Max Aarons in the right-back position.

Takehiro Tomiyasu
Image: Tomiyasu is equally adept at playing as a right-back or centre-back

At centre-back, they like Joachim Andersen, after his impressive loan spell at Fulham last season, and Jannick Vestergaard of Southampton, along with a number of others.

Tomiyasu, meanwhile, played almost an equal number of games at right-back and centre-back last season but was arguably more impressive at full-back, as the 22-year-old scored twice from the position against Atalanta and Udinese.

He also has 23 caps and a goal for Japan, while his Bologna contract currently runs until 2024.

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