Arsenal are chasing Bologna and Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu as the club arrange to fly a doctor away for medical treatment in hopes of a last breath deal…
- Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is late deadline for Arsenal
- Tomiyasu can play center and right back and caught the attention of the Spurs
- An Arsenal Tomiyasu transfer could clear exits for two troubled players
- Both Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles can leave the Emirates today
Arsenal are still chasing Bologna defender and Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu, arranging a club doctor for a medical check-up in case they can strike a deal today.
Tomiyasu, 22, can play central half and right-back – and with Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles both unsettled, a decision today could clear an exit for one of those players.
Everton, however, are said to have dropped their interest in Maitland-Niles.
Arsenal aim for deadline day deal for Bologna and Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu
Any move for Tomiyasu could come to an end on the day of the deadline and is also reportedly dependent on possible spending in the Emirates.
Arsenal have been going through a nightmare going into the new season, having lost their first three Premier League games and are bottom of the table.
They have also conceded nine goals and now appear to have turned their attention to bringing in another defender, despite signing Ben White for £50million.
Tomiyasu has also been a target for Tottenham and can play both central and right-back
Tottenham were in talks about Tomiyasu, but after a £12m fee agreement seemed within reach, Bologna pushed for closer to £17m.
It is possible that the Spurs will return for him if they cannot bring Emerson Royal from Barcelona, although that step seems to be progressing well.
Tomiyasu played an equal number of games in his two favorite positions down the back line, but seemed more effective as a fullback.
However, he has a contract until 2024 and Bologna is under no pressure to sell him unless their terms are met.
Mikel Arteta has tried to improve his defense after a nightmarish start to the new campaign
The defender made 31 appearances last season, scoring two goals and helping his club finish 12th in Serie A.
Meanwhile, the man he may replace at Arsenal, Maitland-Niles, has been told to train away from their first team after publicly expressing anger at his blocked move.
Sports post revealed Everton had made an offer for him, but the 24-year-old was told in a meeting that he would not be allowed to leave this summer.
Earlier on Monday, Maitland-Niles posted: ‘All I want to do is go where I want and where I’m going to play @arsenal.’