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Arsenal have agreed to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu for a fee of £19.8 million, according to the Sun. The arrival of the Japanese international provides the green light for Hector Bellerin to join Real Betis on a loan deal. Tomiyasu comes on the back of an impressive season with Bologna and he is capable of playing at centre back or right back. The signing of Tomiyasu would take Arsenal’s summer spending beyond the £150 million mark even as concerns are raised about the future of Mikel Arteta in the dugout.

The versatility offered by Tomiyasu will be a huge bonus for Arsenal. The Japanese international has been a key player for Bologna since joining the club for around £6 million from Belgian outfit Sint-Truidense. Since making his debut for Japan in 2018, Tomiyasu has featured in 20+ matches for the national team. His last appearance for Bologna would be the substitute appearance that he made against Atalanta during the weekend.

Hector Bellerin’s loan move to Real Betis might have effectively brought his decade-long spell at Arsenal to an end. Since coming from Barcelona in 2011, Bellerin has been a key player for Arsenal. He has featured in close to 200 league appearances for the Gunners. However, the 26-year-old is understood to be keen on a new challenge and his contract runs out in the summer of 2023. Real Betis are quite likely to activate the buy option in the loan deal if the player does have a good campaign.

After three straight losses and no goals scored in the opening three rounds of the competition, Arteta is coming into the intense pressure but Arsenal have so far provided complete backing to their manager, who has been in the dugout since December 2019. The signing of Tomiyasu is another statement by the Gunners that the immediate future appears to be under Arteta.

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