Italian journalist Sebastian Pearson has said that while Tottenham Hotspur do plan on signing Dejan Kulusevski permanently, they hope to lower the price for the winger.
It was reported by CalcioMeractoWeb.it earlier this week that Spurs have decided against activating the €35m (£30.4m) clause to sign Dejan Kulusevski permanently this summer as they have not been satisfied with his performances this season.
The publication suggested that the winger could thus return to Juventus this summer before being loaned out to AC Milan for next season.
However, this claim has been contradicted by Alasdair Gold, who revealed in his column for Football.London on Tuesday that Tottenham plan on signing the 23-year-old, which is why they have used his picture to promote their pre-season trip to Thailand.
Pearson also believes that Spurs want to snap up Kulusevski but he suggested that the North London club could look to take advantage of Juve’s need to raise funds to lower the Swede’s price.
When asked if Tottenham are expected to sign the former Atalanta man, he told Tutto Juve: “I don’t have any new information, but I think it’s all part of a very specific Tottenham strategy.
“I think Spurs want to keep Kulusevski, but at the same time take advantage of Juve’s need for money. And so, they’re trying to lower the price. I think [in the] end, he will stay in London.”
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Spurs should be wary of delaying the move and getting into negotiations with Juventus as there is a possibility that another Premier League club could swoop for Kulusevski this summer.
I suspect that Tottenham will end up activating the £30m option to sign the 23-year-old.
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