Tottenham Hotspur are nearing a deal that would see Takehiro Tomiyasu make a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by Corriere di Bologna (via Sport Witness), who claim that Spurs have made a second offer totalling €23m (£19.5m) for the Bologna FC 1909 centre-back, with the negotiations thought to be coming to a close.

However, the report continues by stating that Spurs have not completed a deal for the defender just yet, as the Serie A side are determined to receive €25m (£21.5m) – or at the very minimum €20m (£17m) as an upfront fee – for the 22-year-old, in order for Sinisa Mihajlovic to make signings of his own this summer.

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Paratici will be buzzing

With it being reported previously that Tottenham’s new director of football Fabio Paratici is very much the driving force behind the club’s interest in the centre-back, the fact that Spurs are seemingly close to getting a deal over the line for Tomiyasu is sure to have left the Italian buzzing.

And, considering how impressive the Japan international was for Bologna last season, it is easy to see why the director of football is keen to add the defender to Nuno Espirito Santo’s options in the centre of the Tottenham defence next season.

Indeed, over his 31 Serie A appearances for Mihajlovic’s side last term, the £18m-rated man helped his team keep four clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.7 interceptions, 1.5 tackles, 3.3 clearances and winning 5.4 duels per fixture.

The £13k-per-week centre-back also impressed in an attacking capacity, scoring two goals, in addition to taking an average of 0.5 shots and making 0.3 key passes per league game.

These metrics saw the man Mitchell Dijks dubbed a “very strong” defender earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.86, ranking him as Bologna’s joint eighth-best performer in the league.

As such, it would certainly appear as if Tomiyasu would be a very solid option for Espirito Santo to have at his disposal next season, and, with the latest report claiming that a deal is very nearly done for the 22-year-old, we would expect to see Daniel Levy and Paratici get Spurs’ first signing of the summer transfer window over the line in the not too distant future.

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