Report: Agents of Tottenham star thought Arsenal transfer was more likely this year

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The Athletic have revealed that Arsenal showed interest in both Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur before Tottenham swooped for the pair.

The signings of Kulusevski and Bentancur by Spurs in January were not seen as the most exciting additions of the window, given that both players had fallen out of favour at Juventus in the months preceding their move.

However, the Swede and Uruguayan both had an instant impact after arriving at the North London club and quickly established themselves as regulars in Antonio Conte’s starting eleven.

While Bentancur brought more composure to Tottenham’s midfield, Kulusevski added a different dimension to the attack alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, with his ability to travel with the ball and take players on.

Spurs fans will be hoping that both players build on their impressive starts to their careers in the Premier League in their first full season at the club.

The Athletic have now revealed that Tottenham saw off competition from the Gunners to snap up both players in January.

It is explained that Mikel Arteta’s men were following both Bentancur and Kulusevski before Spurs swooped in to snap them up towards the end of the transfer window.

The report even asserts that Kulusevsku’s representatives considered the Emirates Stadium to be the winger’s most likely destination just days before they completed a move to Tottenham.

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Paratici and Conte deserve a lot of credit for identifying Kulusevski and Bentancur as players who would fit in well into our system and would improve the side.

That should serve as a lesson to Spurs fans not to judge signings before seeing how they fit in at Tottenham. Hopefully, Lenglet can have a similar impact at the club this season.

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