Arsenal move quickly and agree €23m defender transfer with medical booked in

Date published: Tuesday 31st August 2021 12:14 - Matthew Briggs

Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu

Arsenal have agreed a €23m fee for versatile defender Takehiro Tomiyasu with the Bologna man set to undergo a medical on Tuesday afternoon.

David Ornstein from The Athletic reported that Arsenal were “working on a deal” to land the Japan international. However, a move was expected to be dependant on other transfer activity at the Serie A club.

That hurdle has been cleared though, according to Fabrizio Romano, because a deal is going ahead.

Bologna will receive €20m, plus €3m add ons, while personal terms have also been agreed.

Tomiyasu will undergo a medical now before an official announcement is made this evening.

Tomiyasu, who made his first appearance of the season for Bologna on Saturday, as a late sub, had been interesting Tottenham.

Spurs had made enquiries for the defender, who can play at right-back or centre-back.

And late last week Mike McGrath of the Daily Telegraph said it  “remains possible” that Tomiyasu could join Tottenham before the transfer deadline.

McGrath claimed that the reason previous talks between the two clubs stalled was a disagreement over the structure of a £17m deal.

But things never broke down entirely and Tomiyasu remained on Tottenham’s radar.

 

However, Spurs’ pursuit of Emerson Roya opened the door for Arsenal to move for Tomiyasu.

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Barcelona for right-back Emerson Royal.


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Double departure

To make way for Tomiyasu Reiss Nelson and Hector Bellerin are moving out.

Nelson having a medical with Feyenoord after final agreement was reached on his loan move from Arsenal.

Arsenal are, according to Sky Sports, set to extend his contract until 2023 before releasing him on loan.

Hector Bellerin meanwhile is to have a medical in Seville ahead of a move to Real Betis.

Betis have agreed a loan with an option to buy the former Barcelona man. Bellerin’s Arsenal deal expires in 2023.

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