Tottenham fans will have their fingers crossed that it is only a matter of time before Fabio Paratici clinches a number of transfer deals in N17.
Arriving at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the start of this month after departing Juventus in the summer, the Italian’s record in the transfer market at the Allianz Stadium has been well documented over the past 11 years.
Following a number of success stories in Turin as the Bianconeri won trophy after trophy, all will be hoping the same happens at Spurs over the coming years.
Amid links with a number of players in recent months, Bologna ace Takehiro Tomiyasu has been mentioned in regards to a move to the club.
A player who is capable of playing either as a centre-back or right-back, the Japan international would give the Lilywhites options in both positions given their woes in the heart of defence and Serge Aurier’s likely summer exit.
Someone who Paratici knows well following his time in Italy, football.london reported earlier in the month that Tottenham have begun negotiations with the Serie A side and are hopeful of securing a deal for less than £20million.
However, they aren’t the only club believed to be interested in signing the 22-year-old.
The Lilywhites may in fact want to strike a deal as soon as possible for Tomiyasu as he will soon be representing his country in the Olympic Games in his home country.
Named as one of his country’s 18 players for the competition, the men’s football kicks off on Thursday, July 22 when they play South Africa at Tokyo Stadium.
Currently with his U24 teammates at present as they prepare for the Olympics, Tomiyasu was in the headlines during their 3-1 win over Honduras on Monday in a warm-up game.
Starting as a left-sided centre-back alongside former Southampton man Maya Yoshida, the Tottenham target made his mark on the game in the 40th minute as Ritsu Doan doubled the lead.
Showing his battling qualities in the middle of the pitch to win the ball, Tomiyasu then carried on his run and received the ball back when he found himself in a good crossing position down the left flank.
Shifting the ball on to his favoured right foot, the highly-rated player picked out Daichi Hayashi, who in turn set up his teammate to find the bottom corner with a fine first-time effort.
Perhaps seen by many as more of a defensive player who will not always look to attack such as Aurier currently does at Tottenham, he showcased just what he can do in the final third by playing a pivotal role in Japan’s second goal.
That wasn’t to be the end of his involvement in the game as he inadvertently turned the ball into his own net in the second half before Doan added a second with time running out to secure the win for Japan.
In Olympic action at the end of this month, Nuno Espirito Santo will have to do without Tomiyasu until towards the end of pre-season if he does sign and Japan go far in the competition as the gold medal match takes place on Saturday, August 7.
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Not the ideal preparation for a new player ahead of a potential summer move to a new club, the Bologna ace will have to hit the ground running if he wants to force his way into the team early on in the season.
Despite showing what he can do against Honduras, football.london understands that Spurs’ plan for the player, if he does sign, is for him to tuck inside and create a back three to allow Sergio Reguilon to push on and attack down the left flank.
While his strength does lie in his defensive work, Tomiyasu has demonstrated in the past that he can have a big impact in the final third as he has three goals and three assists to his name in his 63 appearances for Bologna.