Arsenal are set to open contract talks with Takehiro Tomiyasu amid transfer interest from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Bayern are after a new defender after a slow start to the season. Although Harry Kane has scored 21 goals since his summer transfer from Tottenham, Thomas Tuchel's side are out of the German Cup and two points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen.
Tuchel was keen on Raphael Varane. The 30-year-old has slipped behind Harry Maguire in the pecking order at Manchester United and could be available for as little as €20million (£17.4m). Yet Varane's hefty salary is thought to have forced Bayern to look elsewhere.
It's believed the Germans have now identified versatile star Tomiyasu, 25, as a more realistic transfer target. The Japan international has done well since joining Arsenal from Italian side Bologna in August 2021, despite suffering a few muscle injuries and undergoing knee surgery.
Although Tomiyasu is popular among Arsenal fans, he's often overlooked by Mikel Arteta in favour of Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba, Oleksandr Zinchenko and others. He's made just 29 Premier League starts since joining the Gunners.
However, Arteta is keen for Tomiyasu to stick around at the Emirates. "I really want him to stay," Arteta told reporters at a press conference on Friday. "I value the player a lot, I really like him. I think he’s loved and respected by everybody at the club, he’s getting a lot of minutes now, he’s getting his ability to the level that we need to for him to make an impact in the team and he will continue to be with us."
Tomiyasu is about to enter the final 18 months of his contract, which does include the option of a further year. According to The Telegraph, Arteta wants toRead on m.allfootballapp.com