Arsenal seal sixth summer signing as Takehiro Tomiyasu completes transfer from Bologna

Arsenal have completed their sixth signing of the summer, sealing a transfer for Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna. 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.

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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.

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