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Arsenal want to solve more of their defensive problems with the signing of Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna
The Gunners have agreed to sign Tomiyasu, who plays in Serie A, with an announcement imminent after his medical check-up.
According to Italian reporter Fabricio Romano, personal terms were discussed and decided, with Bologna receiving €20 million and a potential €3 million in add-ons. The medical will take place this afternoon in Italy and an official announcement will be made once the player is all-clear.
To push through the deal in time, the Gunners dispatched a doctor to complete medical treatment. Arsenal stole this deal under the noses of their biggest rivals Tottenham, who were closely linked to the player.
Medical in the afternoon and then official announcement. Here we go.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
Arteta believes Tomiyasu will fit perfectly into Arsenal’s defensive lineup as he is comfortable playing as a right-back and centre-back.
He seems to be a great player for the future, only 22 years old and willing to play with both feet from behind. He made 60 appearances in the league for the middle class club Bologna in the past two seasons. In his mainstay on the side, he also scored three goals and provided three assists.
He also enjoyed his summer home games for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He plays as a defender with ten years of experience at the highest level and now he has a great opportunity to challenge himself in the Premier League.
Takehiro Tomiyasu is a shooter! Here’s what you need to know about the 22-year-old fullback/mid-back hybrid. (1/x) pic.twitter.com/TPMewavwcN
— Adam Rae Voge (@adamvoge) August 31, 2021
The Gunners needed more security in their defense this year, having conceded nine goals in their first three games of the competition. This signing also gives Arteta the chance to sack a number of players who are no longer needed at the club.
According to reports, Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles could leave the club before the close of the transfer window.
Tomiyasu may make his debut for the club in their next game against Norwich on Saturday, September 11 at the Emirates Stadium.
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