Report: Tottenham will still sign loan player despite Conte’s departure

According to a report from CalcioMercato, Tottenham Hotspur are still likely to sign Dejan Kulusevski on a permanent deal from Juventus despite the fact that Antonio Conte is no longer at the club.

Dejan Kulusevski
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It was Conte who signed Kulusevski back in January of last year. The Swedish star joined Spurs on an initial loan deal, but all signs pointed to the move becoming a permanent one for a fee of around £31 million, with an obligation in place if Spurs finish in the top four this year (Fabrizio Romano).

The 22-year-old claimed last week that Conte’s precarious future at Tottenham would not impact his own and insisted he is happy at the club (Daily Mirror).

With Tottenham announcing yesterday that Conte had indeed left his position as manager, there are concerns over how the club will see out the remainder of the season and whether they can seal that coveted top-four finish.

As per the report from CalcioMercato, Kulusevski’s status as a Tottenham player is dependent on the club qualifying for the Champions League and the attacker having participated in 50% of games this season for at least 45 minutes per game.

The latter is likely to be fulfilled but, while Spurs currently occupy fourth spot, Liverpool and Newcastle are pushing hard to leapfrog them.

Nevertheless, Juventus’ financial situation dictates that Kulusevski is the “one most likely” to leave the club in the summer.

The report adds that the player himself is “happy with his situation” regardless of Conte’s exit, and Spurs are keen to press ahead with the move too.

Spurs Web Opinion

We have got to make sure we make that Kulusevski move a permanent one.

He has been a great acquisition so far, and has so much more to give in the future.

If we don’t finish in the top four things will get a bit more complicated, but Kulusevski is happy here and that should help us get the move over the line.

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