As talks with Tottenham reach a snag, the target wants to move to the Premier League.
Spurs have already signed Cristian Romero, Bryan Gil, and Pierluigi Gollini this summer, but they are still looking for more.
Nuno Espirito Santo of Tottenham Hotspur is looking to bolster his defensive ranks this summer by pursuing a transfer for Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, however talks with the Italian club appear to have stopped.
Spurs, who have already strengthened their defensive line with the additions of Atalanta duo Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini, are keen to add Tomiyasu to their ranks.
Spurs are understood to be looking for another centre defender after selling long-serving centre back Toby Alderweireld to Qatari side Al-Duhail two weeks ago, as well as the permanent sale of Juan Foyth to Villarreal.
And Tomiyasu has been chosen by his superiors as the man who would fit into Nuno Espirito Santo’s proposed method.
Tomiyasu, 22, joined Bologna for £6.3 million from Sint-Truiden in Belgium in July 2019 and has impressed for the I Veltri since then.
The 23-year-old Japanese international has 63 appearances for the side that finished 12th in Serie A last season. He has also represented his country at the Olympic Games.
His versatility, which allows him to play at both centre-back and right-back, will be crucial for a team led by a manager who values fluidity in his play.
However, recent developments in transfer talks mean that his move to north London may no longer be possible.
Bologna is interested in Arthur Theate of KV Oostende in Belgium’s First Division A, according to Corriere dello Sport, but must sell first.
As a result, Tomiyasu is likely to be moved on by the Emilia-Romagna capital’s side.
Despite his willingness to join the Lilywhites and interest from Atalanta – who will most likely replace the Spurs-bound Romero – negotiations have come to a halt.
According to the report, three Bologna defenders are surplus to requirements, hence the club is hesitant to transfer Tomiyasu until they can find other homes for them.
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