Everton are reportedly watching Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, who could be available at an attractive price this summer.
The 22-year-old has turned heads with his performances for the Serie A outfit this season. The Japan international made 26 league appearances to help I Rossoblu to 11th place in the table. And many clubs have started to take note of the versatile cap. AC Milan have already been credited with a € 15million offer for the Far Eastern star.
This was dismissed as Bologna was looking for a fee of around € 20m and the Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport witness) report that the Toffees also tracked his progress.
It remains to be seen what will happen this summer but there will be no shortage of suitors. West Ham has been credited with an interest in September of last year when Newcastle United were also linked.
Tomiyasu started his career with the Japanese company Avispa Fukuoka. Having climbed the youth ranks of the club, he made his first-team debut in October 2015.
After 54 outings, top Belgian club Sint-Truiden came in to call and signed the youngster in January 2018. He signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club, but moved to Italy 18 months later after 40 exits.
Bologna has clearly seen something in the starlet, paying out € 9million for her signing. And it looks like the money is well spent as he started 29 games in 2019-20 before continuing his form this quarter.
They might just be ready to take advantage of the Fukuoka-born ace who is comfortable playing right-back or center-half. Bologna might have rejected Milan’s openings, but it is now said to be ‘looking’ for potential buyers.
Brands have their eyes on Tomiyasu
Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands is always looking for new young talents. And the report claims that Everton “follows” Tomiyasu but faces competition from elsewhere.
It is not known if Milan are still enthusiastic, but German club Bayer Leverkusen are a known admirer of the youngster. If the price stays the same, then the man with 23 Japanese caps looks like a steal.
Gazzetta adds that “it is not excluded that in summer he emigrates to the Premier League or the Bundesliga”. The allure of European football would help close a deal and perhaps Everton could offer that.
The Merseysiders are currently eighth in the best player rankings, but have a game in hand on those above. If they win that, Carlo Ancelotti’s team will be in the field for a top four spot.
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