Goal Italia have now suggested that there is no guarantee Tottenham will sign Dejan Kulusevski permanently in the summer, with the club now set to miss out on Champions League qualification.
Kulusevski is on loan from Juventus but Spurs are expected to make the deal permanent for around €35m (£30.5m) in the summer, which they would have been obligated to do if they had finished in the top four this season (Fabrizio Romano).
However, Tottenham now look set to miss out on the top four, which means that the decision on whether to activate the option will be in the North London club’s hands.
Goal Italia have now claimed that Tottenham’s eventual decision regarding the Swede ‘will depend’ on who replaces Antonio Conte as the club’s next head coach.
The report suggests that failure to qualify for the Champions League could also decrease Spurs’ ability to spend in the summer, thus putting a move for Kulusevski in doubt.
The publication adds that Tottenham can opt to pay the £30.5m clause over five years and that such a deal could be agreed, given the 23-year-old’s desire to stay at Hotspur Way.
Spurs Web Opinion
Even though Kulusevski has not lived up to the high standards he set for himself last season, there is no doubt that he remains a bargain at £30m.
I am quite confident Tottenham will activate the option to buy him permanently irrespective of who takes over as the next head coach.
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