Despite all their efforts to sign Cristian Romero, Tottenham haven’t given up on Takehiro Tomiyasu.

That was made clear on Thursday as Il Resto del Carlino reported Spurs were still attentive to his progress at the Olympics and had been awaiting news of his health.

It was stated they had ‘turned up again’ in the race to sign him, perhaps more with the prospect of getting him as a right-back than through the middle.

Either way, Corriere di Bologna have an update on Friday, claiming Tottenham ‘remain ahead’ in the race to sign the Japan international, but that could all change if they sign Romero.

That’s because Atalanta would then have more money in the bank, and would therefore be able to raise their offer to meet Bologna’s demands.

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This is why the newspaper explain buying Romero is seen as something of a ‘risk’ for Tottenham depending on their plans for Tomiyasu going forward.

It’s also worth pointing out that Bologna have now reached an agreement with Standard Liege to sign Arthur Theate, widely seen as the replacement for the Japanese.

It was made clear in the past that the Belgian would only be bought if Tomiyasu left, and with journalist Sacha Tavolieri reporting that a deal has been reached, all signs point to the versatile defender leaving sooner rather than later.

A domino effect kicked off by a deal for Romero? We’ll have to wait and see.