Arsenal have completed their sixth signing of the summer, sealing a transfer for Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna.
football.london revealed back in May that the Gunners were set for a hectic summer transfer window, with a right-back likely to be signed if Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin could be offloaded.
Bellerin looks set to join La Liga side Real Betis, who he has previously admitted he supported as a youngster, allowing technical director Edu to chase a replacement in the final hours of the window.
The Brazilian opted to make a move for Tomiyasu, who had attracted interest from north London rivals Tottenham earlier in the summer before Spurs’ transfer chief Fabio Paratici decided to pursue Barcelona defender Emerson Royal instead.
Now, Arsenal have signed the Japanese defender on a long-term deal, bringing the club’s summer spending past the £150million mark, having previously added Norway captain Martin Odegaard, English shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale, former Brighton defender Ben White, Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares and Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga to their ranks earlier in the window.
Despite already featuring 22 times for Japan’s senior side, he is still just 22-years-old, meaning all six of the Gunners’ signings are 23-years-old or under as head coach Mikel Arteta looks to build a squad stacked with high potential youngsters.
Tomiyasu can be deployed as a centre-back or as a right-back given he possesses a rare blend of speed, strength and reading of the game.
The youngster, who is also two-footed and has previously operated as a left-back, played 31 times in Serie A last term, attracting interest from a host of top sides before Arsenal secured his signature on deadline day.
The transfer fee is believed to be in the region of £20million.