As reported by Dan Kilpatrick, Tottenham Hotspur are intending on triggering the option to purchase Dejan Kulusevski permanently from Juventus this summer.
Spurs initially signed the Swedish international on an 18-month loan deal from the Italian outfit in January 2022. The deal was believed to give Tottenham the opportunity to sign the forward for £26m in the summer of 2022, however, despite getting off to an extremely impressive start for his new side, accumulating five goals and eight assists in 18 league appearances, the Lilywhites decided not to trigger the option, and keep him until his loan deal expired in June 2023.
The £26m option still remains for the North London side this summer, after the £30m mandatory buyout clause, which would have been triggered should they have achieved Champions League qualification this season, has now expired due to Spurs missing out on European football all together, having finished eighth in the league table.
Under previous technical director Fabio Paratici and manager Antonio Conte, both of whom are also ex-Juventus employees, it was widely seen as a formality amongst the club and it’s fanbase that the Swede would sign permanantly at the club. However, since the afformentioned figures departed, and with chairman Daniel Levy’s lengthy search for a permanent manager still going on, Kulusevski’s future is becoming more uncertain.
In a recent interview with Kilpatrick, the 23-year-old stated: “I love Tottenham, but I’ve to see what their thoughts are and how the future is looking, we’ve still got to speak about that.”
Despite this uncertainty, both Kilpatrick and Alasdair Gold have reported that Spurs still fully expect to trigger the option to sign the young attacker permanently from the Italian giants.
Even after a slightly disapointing Premier League campaign, where he scored two goals and provided seven assists in 30 appearances, Transfermarkt have Kulusevski’s market value at €55m (£47.4m), which is the highest it has ever been, indicating that Spurs will be getting a good deal should they sign the precocious talent.
Travis Levison | Get Football