Arsenal agree £19.8m deal for Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu. The Japan international set to have a medical with personal terms not expected to be a problem.
The 22-year-old can play both centre-back and right-back and had attracted interest from Tottenham earlier in the transfer window.
Tomiyasu has made 64 appearances for the Italian side and came on as a late substitute in Bologna’s 0-0 draw at Atalanta in Serie A on Saturday.
Arsenal had also been in the race to sign Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal, but the 22-year-old’s preference was to move to their north London rivals Spurs.
Tomiyasu’s imminentl arrival comes with Gunners right-back Bellerin having a medical in London ahead of a loan move to Real Betis with an option to buy.
The Spaniard contract expires in the summer of 2023 and he looks set to end his decade stay at the Emirates.