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Takehiro Tomiyasu: A battle between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur clash against each other to sign a Japanese centre back Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna in Premier League‘s summer transfer window.

The newly appointed manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Nuno Espirito Santo, is in no mood to waste the time. Immediately after taking over the role, he has started approaching players which can bring balance to his team. 

He has started approaching players and first in his list is a 22-year-old Takehiro Tomiyasu, a Japanese centre back who plays in Serie A. Spurs are approaching him but the offer is allegedly rejected by the Bologna Football Club.

Spurs have offered a €15million deal for Tomiyasu, but Bologna is not ready to sell him below €17million. However, Nuno’s team can face some serious competition for the Japanese centre back as Manchester United are also interested in buying a centre back in the upcoming summer transfer window, although he is not one of their primary targets.

Takehiro Tomiyasu trying to control the ball with his legs

Takehiro Tomiyasu to Tottenham or Manchester?

Tomiyasu is a versatile defender who can play at right-back as well as at the centre of the defence. Serge Aurier is linked to moving out from Tottenham Hotspur, Espirito Santo may need to look elsewhere for right-backs with Matt Doherty the other option.

Tomiyasu has many strengths in his CV which can be a perfect fit at Manchester. Aerial duels is key to any defender. It is listed as one of the strengths, and at 6ft 1inch tall, it’s hardly surprising. Dribbling is crucial for a centre-back, is one of the strengths, as well as concentration, blocking and intercepting the ball.

The only weakness in the Japanese defender’s game is crossing. This might not come across as a concern given his position, but if Espirito Santo did sign him. He is planning to play him on the right-hand side of the defence. Thus, this part of his game may become more important.

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