Full breakdown of the Dejan Kulusevski deal and why Ange Postecoglou wanted Tottenham to sign him

Dejan Kulusevski will become a key part of Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur plans for next season after the club made his deal permanent.

Spurs announced on Saturday that they had made the 23-year-old’s loan move from Juventus permanent, with the Swede having signed a five-year contract until 2028. The Serie A side confirmed that the north London club had “exercised the option rights for the final acquisition of the registration rights to player Dejan Kulusevski for an amount of €30 million (£25.6 million) to be paid over six financial years”.

Some reports in Italy last month indicated that Kulusevski would return to Juventus at the end of his loan deal at Spurs, as there was only an obligation to sign him if they qualified for the Champions League next season, which they didn’t after a disappointing campaign. .

soccer.london reported at the time that Tottenham had always fully intended to take the option of keeping the Sweden international in the N17, and that quickly became clear as they used him front and center to promote their July 23 pre-season friendly against Leicester in Bangkok, the month after his loan ended.

The club also made Kulusevski’s name one of five players fans could access via a quick tab to appear on the back of their new Nike home shirt for next season, as they always intended him to be there in the following campaign.

Despite reported interest from Newcastle, Spurs had the safety net of the original £35m option. euros to buy Kulusevski (£29.9m) could pay for itself within five years, so negotiated with Juventus, prompting the Italian side to strike a further £4.3m. the price tag and another year to pay it off.

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Postecoglou approved the move and Kulusevski was keen to stay at the Premier League club, so the deal was signed and sealed before the loan had reached its conclusion.

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