Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has told Football FanCast that Davinson Sanchez’s early-season form has all-but put an end to Tottenham’s pursuit of Takehiro Tomiyasu, whom David Ornstein has claimed this morning is now a live target for arch-rivals Arsenal in a fresh twist.
Prior to the Olympic Games in his native Tokyo, the Japanese appeared on course to become Nuno Espirito Santo’s first summer addition.
Even as late as last week the versatile defender was on course for a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Spurs said to be in pole position for his signature, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
However, with Emerson Royal’s arrival set to be confirmed, which will solve Santo’s right-back issue, and both Sanchez and Eric Dier’s brilliant form ruling out the need for another centre-back, Tomiyasu’s proposed move to north London is now looking unlikely.
Following his catalogue of mistakes under Jose Mourinho last season, the Colombian was expected to be one of the first to leave the club under Santo, but Sanchez has formed an impressive partnership with Dier to help Tottenham lead the Premier League table after three matches.
When asked whether there’s any possibility Tomiyasu ends up at Spurs, Bridge told FFC:
“I think with Tomiyasu; they wanted him to come in as a right-back and a centre-half. I just wonder with the form of Davinson Sanchez, does that stop it?
“Give the guy credit, he has deserved it and probably earned his place back in the squad.”