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“Nice try” – Arsenal ace claims he rejected Spurs for Gunners transfer and these fans aren’t at all convinced
By Mark Brus -

Takehiro Tomiyasu was a player linked with a transfer to Tottenham during the summer, but, as we all know now, ended up at Arsenal.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that the Japan international is now keen to endear himself to his new supporters by claiming he never really wanted a move to Spurs at all, with Chris Wheatley translating quotes from the player that state he rejected an offer from Tottenham, but accepted the move to Arsenal ‘immediately’.

It’s fair to say a few fans seem to have cottoned on to something not being quite right here, with several replies highlighting that Tottenham were working to sign Emerson Royal instead, with screen grabs of old reports suggesting that Tomiyasu was in fact quite keen on joining Spurs before the Emerson deal seemed to become a priority instead.

It’s all a bit silly really, as neither of these signings are even particularly game-changing deals, but it seems rival fans never can resist the chance to take digs at each other, and some of the players know this, which leads to provocative lines like this from Tomiyasu.

Here are some of the responses to the tweet…

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Fred F
Fred F
2 months ago

The thing I never understood about this transfer was the claim, often made here, that Tottenham pulled out of the deal as they weren’t prepared to meet Bologna’s asking price.

According to Transfermarkt, though, Tomiyasu’s fee was £16.75m, while Emerson Royal cost £22.5m – rightly or wrongly, it seems the club reckoned Royal was a better prospect and worth the extra £5.75m.

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