Tottenham is in pole position, with Fabio Paratici certain that his £19.7 million proposal will seal the transaction.

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Tottenham is in pole position, with Fabio Paratici certain that his £19.7 million proposal will seal the transaction.

Takehiro Tomiyasu, a defender for Bologna, has been linked with a move to Tottenham since the start of the summer transfer season.

According to sources, Tottenham remain the top runners in the hunt to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu before the transfer deadline next week. Over the previous few months, the 22-year-old has been widely connected with a move to north London, with Spurs director Fabio Paratici said to be a big fan.

With Bologna last season, Tomiyasu established himself as one of the best young defenders in Serie A, making 33 games in all competitions.

He can play full-back or center-back, and his versatility makes him an appealing choice for Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who is looking to bolster his defensive ranks.

The club has already signed Cristian Romero on a season-long loan from Atalanta, but with only five days remaining for clubs to do business, another defensive addition appears to be on the cards.

Tomiyasu has been a Spurs target since before the Tokyo Olympics, where he represented Japan and played every minute of the team’s football campaign.

The possibility of a transfer fizzled out, but it appears that Paratici will be attempting to re-engage the Bologna player in the coming days.

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Spurs are still in pole position for Tomiyasu, but could face heavy competition from the likes of Leicester City and West Ham United.

According to the report, Bologna has put its asking price at roughly £19.7 million, with Paratici ‘adamant’ about completing a deal before the transfer window closes.

Tomiyasu is said to be enthralled by the prospect of playing in the Premier League, and his personal opinion on the potential move is expected to be decisive.

Spurs’ ability to reach an agreement with Bologna in the remaining few days of the transfer window remains to be seen.

Since the beginning of the summer, Paratici has negotiated the acquisitions of winger Bryan Gil and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini alongside Romero.

Meanwhile, Conor Clancy, an Italian football expert, recently predicted that Tomiyasu would exceed expectations if he joined Spurs, citing his all-round skill as a reason for his capacity to thrive in either a center or right-back role.

Clancy told This Is Futbol earlier this month, “He surprised me last season.”

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