Everton are said to be monitoring Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu who may be available for an inviting price in the summer.
The 22-year-old has been turning heads with his displays for the Serie A outfit this season. The Japan international has made 26 league appearances to help I Rossoblu into 11th spot in the standings. And many clubs have started to take note of the versatile stopper. AC Milan have already been credited with a €15m bid for the Far East star.
That was rejected as Bologna were looking for fee in the region of €20m And Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) are reporting that the Toffees have also been following his progress.
It remains to be seen what transpires this summer but he will not be short of suitors. West Ham were credited with an interest in September last year while Newcastle United have also been linked.
Tomiyasu began his career with Japanese outfit Avispa Fukuoka. Having come up through the club’s youth ranks, he made his first-team debut in October 2015.
After 54 outings, Belgium top-flight club Sint-Truiden came calling and signed the youngster in January 2018. He penned a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club but moved to Italy 18 months later after 40 outings.
Bologna clearly saw something in the starlet, forking out €9m for his signature. And it seems money well spent as he started 29 games in 2019-2020 before continuing his form this term.
They may well be ready to cash in on the Fukuoka-born ace who is comfortable playing at right-back or centre-half. Bologna might have rejected Milan’s overtures but are now said to be ‘looking around’ for potential buyers.
Brands has eyes on Tomiyasu
Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands is always on the lookout for new young talent. And the report claims Everton are ‘following’ Tomiyasu but face competition from elsewhere.
It is not known if Milan are still keen but German club Bayer Leverkusen are known admirers of the youngster. If the price remains the same, then the man with 23 Japan caps looks to be a bargain.
Gazzetta add that ‘it’s not excluded that in the summer, he emigrates to the Premier League or the Bundesliga’. The lure of European football would help get a deal over the line and Everton may be able to offer that.
The Merseysiders are currently eighth in the top-flight table but have a game in hand on those above. Should they win that, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be right in the mix for a top-four spot.
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