Some Tottenham Hotspur fans have been reacting on social media to reports by Corriere dello Sport, that Fabio Paratici will not pay Bologna’s asking price for Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Spurs are keen to bring the Japan international to north London this summer, but will not meet the Serie A side’s demands. Bologna want at least €25m (£21.5m) to sell the 22-year-old, as they hope to immediately reinvest the funds.
The Rossoblu already have moves lined up for Medhi Benatia and Arthur Theate, but cannot sign either until Tomiyasu leaves. However, Paratici is playing hardball over the fee Tottenham are willing to pay for the £13,000-per-week enforcer.
Reports by The Sun and The Athletic have previously noted Tottenham want to pay £15m to sign Tomiyasu from Bologna. Add-ons could take the fee closer to the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara outfit’s asking price, but they may not be enough to bridge a £6.5m difference.
What could help Paratici is that Tomiyasu is keen to join Tottenham and test himself in the Premier League, per Fabrizio Romano. Yet the centre-half’s involvement in the Olympics could see Spurs’ pursuit drag on as negotiations continue.
Bologna are under no immediate pressure to sell Tomiyasu to Tottenham, either. The 23-cap defender is under contract until 2024, and his stock should rise with a good Olympics. He has already built a solid reputation in Italy after two seasons in the Serie A, too.
Tomiyasu blends the line between centre-half and right-back, with bursting runs up the field. He also has good vision to pick out a pass or a cross, and the know-how to stay back. But, seemingly, not enough for Paratici to spend £21.5m, so far.
Tottenham fans react to Paratici refusal to pay Bologna £21.5m for Tomiyasu
Yet some Tottenham fans reacting on social media would agree with Paratici refusing to pay Bologna £21.5m for Tomiyasu. They believe there are better players on the market that could be signed instead, like Denzel Dumfries or Cristian Romero.
Others, however, question Paratici’s stance and how his refusal will impact their other transfer window plans. With a few sharing fears that Spurs will not make any signings until the best targets are no longer available.
So, here are some of the messages shared…