Arsenal target Takehiro Tomiyasu discusses the Barcelona transfer snafu and the Mascherano dream.
Learn everything there is to know about Arsenal’s prospective new signing.
Arsenal are on the verge of signing Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu for £20 million, and the Japanese defender has had an eventful career building up to his move to the Premier League.
Arsenal are close to signing Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu for £20 million, which will see Hector Bellerin leave the club and return to Spain.
The Japanese international joined the Italian club in 2019, after impressing in his homeland and joining for €9 million (£7.7 million) from Belgian side Sint-Truidense.
The 22-year-old is already popular among Arsenal supporters, as Tomiyasu was courted by Tottenham Hotspur but chose to join the Gunners instead.
Arsenal has spent £155 million on Tomiyasu, who joins Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, and Albert Sambi Lokonga in a hectic summer transfer season.
Due to his versatility, Tomiyasu will be a highly useful asset for Mikel Arteta and will significantly improve their defensive choices for the upcoming season.
The Japanese international is a versatile defender who can play both centre-back and right-back, a position where Arsenal is in desperate need of reinforcements.
This means Arteta, who is 22 years old, will be able to play in either a back four or a back three with wing backs, giving him the flexibility to change up the defense depending on the competition.
Tomiyasu has also played as a holding midfielder in his young career, demonstrating his defensive versatility in a variety of positions that will be crucial at Arsenal.
After starring in Japan from a young age, the Japanese defender almost signed with Barcelona at the age of 11 and took part in a trial with the Spanish club.
Tomiyasu made such an impression at the Catalan club’s football camp in Japan that he was awarded a spot at the Barcelona academy in Spain.
However, the kid turned down the offer at the time, citing a 9,000-mile relocation as a major stumbling barrier, but it has fortunately worked out well for Tomiyasu in the long run.
The Japanese international moved to Europe in 2018 to join Sint-Truidense in Belgium, and was picked up by Bologna a year later, establishing himself as a “Brinkwire Summary News” player.