Sportitalia journalist Gianluigi Longari has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have been pursuing Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski right from the start of the transfer window.

Kulusevski looks set to be Tottenham’s first signing of the Antonio Conte era, with the winger reportedly flying to London today to complete his transfer to the Premier League club (Fabrizio Romano).

Spurs have allegedly agreed a fee of €40m (£33.2m) with Juventus including the loan and buy clause, with the option to buy automatically becoming a mandatory one should the Sweden international play a certain number of matches (Fabrizio Romano).

Multiple sources claimed earlier this week (including The Telegraph and The Daily Mail) that Tottenham only turned their attention to Kulusevski as they panicked after their pursuits of Adama Traore and Luis Diaz fell through.

However, this has now been contradicted by Longari, who took to social media to state that Spurs have been working on the deal for the Juventus man from the end of December.

Spurs Web Opinion

I find it hilarious how some Spurs fans on social media are convinced that Kulusevski is not the option Conte wanted. It goes without saying that Paratici would not be pursuing the Swede unless Conte had informed him that he wants the player.

While Luis Diaz might have been the Italian’s first-choice, he would have likely agreed on other alternatives had a move for the Colombian proved unfeasible. I can see Kulusevski being a very good fit for Conte’s system given the 21-year-old’s attacking versatility.

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