Everton don’t have a first-team manager in place but it would be foolish of Marcel Brands and co not to devise a list of potential transfer targets.
Their summer plans would have been drafted up a number of months ago but they are now in disarray after Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.
One player Everton had asked for information about regarding a potential transfer was Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Japanese centre-back currently plays for Bologna in Italy and has been a target for the Toffees over a number of months.
However, they are now facing staunch competition from another managerless club for his signature.
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham have entered talks with the Italian side in a bid to lure him to the Premier League.
Tomiyasu represents a bargain for a player of his qualities with £17m the asking price this summer.
If Everton can bring in a new manager as quickly as possible, they must try and beat Spurs to the signing of the Japan international.
Tomiyasu is a modern-day centre-back combining a progressive and attractive ball-playing style with some classic ruthless defending.
For a Toffees side who lacked basic defensive nous in the final stages of last season, this could be incredibly beneficial.
Mason Holgate was poor in the final months of the campaign, with his individual error leading to Ollie Watkins scoring when Aston Villa travelled to Goodison Park before the Englishman made a succession of mistakes in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.
A quick look at the stats tells you how Tomiyasu would be an upgrade on what the Toffees already have.
According to FB Ref, the 6 ft 2 defender is extremely competent in one on one duels. Per 90 minutes, Tomiyasu tackled 56.7% of players who attempted to dribble past him. By comparison, Holgate only tackled 40% of dribblers while Michael Keane was even worse at 35.3% per 90.
Speaking about the defender’s potential, former Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said: “He is a complete player and Bologna got a real bargain with Tomiyasu. He’s a good player and was compared to Maya Yoshida, who has been playing in Europe for a decade. He’s got the quality to be a real star.”
At the age of just 22, the centre-back has a bright future in the game. Brands just needs to ensure that’s in Merseyside, rather than north London.