Everton have emerged as potential suitors in the quest to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, according to reports by Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness.
The Japan international was linked with Premier League clubs during the summer transfer window. West Ham and Newcastle were thought to keen on the centre-back who will cost around £18 million.
Now, Everton have emerged as surprise candidates to sign the player, with interest likely to be rife once again during the summer.
Tomiyasu has showcased his versatility during the current campaign, playing 10 games at right-back in Serie A.
He’s primarily known for his ability at the centre of defence, however, with his ball-playing qualities evident during his time in Italy.
The man with 23 caps for his country has enjoyed a decent season, with Bologna sat comfortably in mid-table during 2020/21.
He was signed for £8.1 million in the summer of 2019 and has continued to blossom as a defender during 58 appearances.
Everton are still in competition for a Champions League place this season and won’t want to rest on their laurels in the summer.
Even if they have to settle for a place in the Europa League next season, Carlo Ancelotti will want to ensure a lofty finish isn’t a flash in the pan.
The signing of the Japanese star would certainly add some competition to a defensive department which has largely been impressive this season.
TBR View: Tomiyasu could be a shrewd signing
The player has previously been linked with clubs such as Juventus and Inter, making him extremely highly rated in Serie A.
As a result, Everton should do all they can to sign the defender during the summer.
At 22 there is bags of time for Tomiyasu to continue improving and even if he doesn’t begin life at Everton as a first-choice, he’d provide serious competition in reserve.
Furthermore, he wouldn’t break the bank allowing Everton to spend larger sums on other areas of the squad.
Ancelotti will surely look to bolster his defensive options in the summer and the Japan star could be the ideal recruit.