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Report: Bayern Munich to miss out on Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu

The Bavarians are in the hunt for January reinforcements.

Arsenal Training Session Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Bayern Munich left the summer transfer window with a number of high-profile deadline day misses and as a result have ended up light on defensive and midfield depth. One rumored target, however, is not likely to make his way to Bavaria.

The player is Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu. The 25-year-old Japanese international has featured at right-back, left-back, and center-back, and is known for his tough-nosed defensive work. The profile is indeed ideal for Bayern right now, but Arsenal is reportedly looking to extend him, per The Daily Telegraph’s Mike McGrath. As captured by @iMiaSanMia:

Arsenal are lining up a new long-term contract for Takehiro Tomiyasu to ward off Bayern Munich. Tomiyasu has admirers at Bayern, where he is believed to be on a list of possible targets when Thomas Tuchel looks to add a defender to his squad in the coming windows, although Arsenal clearly want to keep the Japanese defender [@mcgrathmike]

The Evening Standard’s Simon Collings confirms the reporting that this transfer is likely dead in the water. Also via @iMiaSanMia:

Arsenal will reject any approach from Bayern Munich for Takehiro Tomiyasu. The German giants have been linked with a January move for Tomiyasu as they bid to bolster their defence - but Arsenal have no plans to sell the defender as he is viewed as a valuable member of the squad [@sr_collings]

So long as Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is happy to keep Tomiyasu in North London, it looks like Bayern will have to keep exploring other options.

But how concrete is Bayern’s interest in Tomiyasu? Profile aside, the Japanese star is likely to take part in January’s Asian Cup — along with Bayern’s Kim Min-jae. Two other Bayern defenders are set to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations (Noussair Mazraoui, Bouna Sarr). If Bayern needs reinforcements in the next transfer window, the club may need to strike early and get someone who will actually be around in January.

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