Arsenal pursuing Bologna and Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu as club arrange to fly out a doctor for a medical in hope of last-gasp deal… and move may free up exit for Hector Bellerin or Ainsley Maitland-Niles
- Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is a late deadline day target for Arsenal
- Tomiyasu can play centre back and right back and attracted interest from Spurs
- A move for Tomiyasu from Arsenal may free up exits for two unsettled players
- Both Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles could leave the Emirates today
Arsenal are still pursuing Bologna defender and Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu and are arranging to fly out a club doctor to perform a medical in case they can do a deal today.
Tomiyasu, 22, can play centre half and right back – and with Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles both unsettled, a decision today may free up an exit for either of those players.
However, Everton are said to have dropped their interest in Maitland-Niles.
Arsenal are pursuing a deadline day deal for Bologna and Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu
Any move for Tomiyasu may go down to the wire on deadline day, and also reportedly hinges on potential outgoings at the Emirates.
Arsenal have endured a nightmare start to the new season, having lost their first three Premier League games, and find themselves at the bottom of the table.
They have also conceded nine goals already, and now look to have turned their attentions to bringing in another defender despite signing Ben White for £50million.
Tomiyasu was also a target for Tottenham and is able to play at both centre back and right back
Tottenham were in talks over Tomiyasu but, after a reaching an agreement over a £12m fee looked within reach, Bologna then pushed for closer to £17m.
It is not impossible that Spurs return for him if they are unable to sign Emerson Royal from Barcelona, although that move appears to be progressing well.
Tomiyasu played an equal number of games in his favoured two positions across the backline, but appeared more effective at full back.
He is under contract until 2024, though, and Bologna are under no pressure to sell him unless their terms are met.
Mikel Arteta has looked to improve his defence after a nightmare start to the new campaign
The defender made 31 appearances last season, scoring two goals, and helped his club finish 12th in Serie A.
Meanwhile, the man he may replace at Arsenal, Maitland-Niles, has been told to train away from their first-team after publicly expressing his anger at his blocked move.
Sportsmail revealed that Everton tabled a bid for him, but the 24-year-old was told in a meeting that he was not allowed to leave this summer.
Earlier on Monday, Maitland-Niles posted: ‘All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play @arsenal.’
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