Antonio Conte has confidently claimed that Tottenham are guaranteed to purchase Dejan Kulusevski, with the Juventus attacker still technically being on loan.
Spurs signed the Swedish international in the January transfer window from Juventus, with the club’s current managing director of football also having signed Kulusevski during his time in Italy.
Tottenham reportedly paid an £8.3m loan fee for the attacker, £2.5m to be paid this season and £5.8m for next season. There was also an obligation to buy Kulusevski in the deal if certain criteria were met, with a price set at £29.2m (Sky Sports).
However, the Evening Standard reported recently that if Spurs trigger the purchase early, they can scoop Kulusevski for just £24.9m this summer instead.
With the Swede clocking up three goals and eight assists in just 16 appearances for the Lilywhites (TransferMarkt), the decision to sign him permanently seems like a no-brainer for the North London outfit, which Conte appears to agree with.
When asked whether Spurs would activate the permanent signing of Kulusevski, Conte said (Jonathan Veal): “He is a Tottenham player 100 per cent in every aspect, not officially but he is a 100 per cent a Tottenham player.”
Conte on whether club will activate Kulusevski transfer: "He is a Tottenham player 100 per cent in every aspect, not officially but he is a 100 per cent a Tottenham player." #THFC
— Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) May 5, 2022
Spurs Web Opinion:
This is both a no-brainer and an absolute steal. I have no idea why Kulusevski wasn’t getting any minutes at Juventus, but I suspect he just suits Conte’s current formation and seems to be thriving in the fast-paced Premier League.
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