Arsenal sign Takehiro Tomiyasu to take summer spending beyond £140m

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Arsenal have completed the deadline day signing of Japan international defender Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bolonga.

The defender, who can play at right-back or centre-back, joins for an initial fee of £17million before add-ons.

Tomiyasu began the transfer window in talks over a move to north London rivals Tottenham before he went to the Tokyo Olympics, though that move never came to fruition.

Arsenal technical director Edu said: “We’re delighted to have signed Takehiro. We’ve been watching him for a while now and we’re pleased that we have reached an agreement with Bologna. He is an important addition to our squad.”

Mikel Arteta added: “Takehiro is a strong defender with good experience in Serie A and at international level. He’s a versatile defender with great defensive qualities, high technical ability and composure on the ball. He will be an important member of our squad.

“We look forward to Takehiro joining up with us when he returns from international duty.”

Tomiyasu, 22, has previously been the subject of offers from Southampton and Aston Villa while West Ham were considering a move before manager David Moyes decided not to pursue a deal.

Mikel Arteta has been keen to overhaul his squad this summer and the Gunners have been the biggest spenders in the Premier League during the transfer window, forking out £143m on new arrivals.

Tomiyasu's addition to the squad has paved the way for Hector Bellerin to join Real Betis on a season-long loan though Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be staying put despite his public pleas for a move.

Takehiro will wear the No18 shirt.

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