Juventus are set to lose Dejan Kulusevski as Tottenham is poised to trigger the permanent buy-out clause in the Swede’s 18-month loan deal very soon.
Kulusevski failed to establish himself in Turin during his brief stint with the Bianconeri after joining Juve in the summer of 2020 after being signed from Atalanta the previous January. During Andrea Pirlo’s single season in charge, the dynamic playmaker showed his grandeur on several occasions, but he never managed to persuade Massimiliano Allegri, who took over as manager at the end of the 2020/21 season.
According to Transfer Market Expert Fabrizio Romano, Dejan Kulusevski’s impact has been phenomenal, and Tottenham considers his permanent signing a ‘matter of time’, with a €35 million cost not being a problem. Son Heung-hat-trick min’s goal against Aston Villa on Saturday was Kulusevski’s sixth Premier League assist. Only teammate Harry Kane has matched the Swede’s tally in the Premier League since his arrival, and he has now scored his third Premier League goal in yet another magnificent display at Villa Park. With Kane and Son both benefiting from his arrival, he’s turned Spurs’ already formidable assault into perhaps the most devastating trident on the globe.
Kulusevski has quickly established himself as a fan favourite among the Lilywhite crowd, with former Juventus players Rodrigo Bentancur and Cristian Romero. Spurs’ sluggish season under Conte has been re-ignited by this trio of ex-Bianconeri players, and they’re currently in a fantastic position to snare the last Champions League berth. Given Kulusevski’s excellent play, it’s no wonder that the Spurs want to sign him to a long-term contract. The deft forward joined the club on an 18-month loan with a necessary €35 million permanent buy-out clause if Spurs qualify for the Champions League next season or if he appeared in 50% (at least 45 minutes) of their Premier League games in 2022/23.
Kulusevski’s surge in north London is a bitter pill for Juventini to take. The brilliance that the Swede has shown during his outstanding 2019/20 season with Parma has resurfaced. He’s playing as if he’s a Paulo Dybala stand-in!
Things difficult to say why it didn’t work out for him in Turin, but you get a feeling Max Allegri and his stifling system had a lot to do with it.