Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna after the player completed his medical in Italy.
The 22-year-old Japan international moves to the Emirates on a long-term contract for a fee reported to be £16 million, plus add-ons.
The defender, who can play at right-back and centre-back, has been playing in Europe for the last three years and was heavily linked with West Ham, Sp*rs and Atalanta this summer.
He joined Belgian side Sint-Truiden from homeland side Avispa Fukuoka in 2018 and sealed a £6 million move to Bologna a year later.
Welcome to The Arsenal, Takehiro Tomiyasu 🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/trL4Wq7zXW
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 31, 2021
Given the outlay, we assume Arsenal see Tomiyasu as a future first-choice right-back but we wouldn’t be surprised if he starts life on the bench.
He’ll take the non-homegrown player spot vacated by Willian and effectively replaces the Real-Betis bound Hector Bellerin.
Here’s hoping Takehiro has more success in N5 than compatriots Junichi Inamoto, Takuma Asano and Ryo Miyaichi. Welcome to the club.