Antonio Conte has all but confirmed that Tottenham would sign Dejan Kulusevski on a permanent basis, and the transfer may be less expensive than many first expected.
Spurs attempted to beat Liverpool to the signing of Luis Diaz in January. The Colombian had been a long-term Liverpool target, and rumors at the time claimed the Reds were planning a summer lunge for him.
However, Tottenham’s desire compelled Liverpool to move quickly, and Diaz has been a revelation at Anfield.
Tottenham, though, responded immediately to that setback by acquiring Dejan Kulusevski on an 18-month loan from Juventus. The 21-year-old Swede joined on a loan agreement and has also made an immediate impact.
Kulusevski, along with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, has slipped into Conte’s front three with ease.
Lucas Moura can hardly get a look in right now, and Kulusevski’s figures show why.
In his first 14 league games, he has three goals and eight assists. Kane and Son have clearly benefited immensely from Kulusevski’s arrival.
Tottenham, according to Football London, incorporated a purchase option in the transaction, which may become an obligation if certain requirements are met. That scenario would result in a £29 million transfer fee.
Tottenham is on the verge of pulling off a transfer coup
However, according to the article, Spurs can activate the agreement early this summer and save £4 million. A £25 million transfer is possible, and Conte’s recent words imply that is precisely what will happen.
Conte responded to a question regarding Tottenham’s plan to sign Kulusevski permanently, saying, “Yeah, but he’s on loan, but it’s like a contract.”
“He is a complete Tottenham player in every way.” Not technically, yet he is a Tottenham Hotspur player.”
Fabrizio Romano, a transfer expert, responded to Conte’s remarks, saying there would be “no complications” with Tottenham’s deal due to the contract stipulations.