Tottenham to make Dejan Kulusevski transfer permanent this summer after stellar form

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Tottenham to make Dejan Kulusevski transfer permanent this summer after stellar form
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Tottenham are set to sign loanee Dejan Kulusevski on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Kulusevski joined Spurs on an 18-month loan in January, worth £8.3million and including the option to make the move permanent this summer for a further £24.9m.

The option will also remain valid next summer, although Spurs would have to pay Juventus a higher fee of £29.1m if they qualify for the Champions League at the end of next term and Kulusevski plays more than 50 percent of their matches.

Spurs have decided to activate the clause this summer to lock-in the lower fee, with head coach Antonio Conte already considering the Swede a permanent member of his squad.

Kulusevski has scored three times and registered six assists in 10 Premier League starts, and he says he came to Spurs with a point to prove after a frustrating final six months at Juventus.

“I think that I wanted to show everybody what I could do,” he said. “I think I maybe became even more motivated. I love proving people wrong, so I was very hungry when I came here. But, still, I knew it would be very, very difficult to arrive in a new league and everything that comes with that.

“A lot of things had to click, and, honestly, everything has clicked so well. With the coaches, they found the perfect position for me, so I can have the ball a lot, attack the goal and have opportunities to score goals and assist my team-mates.

“I think you can see, when I play, I play freely, without really thinking, without worrying about mistakes, I just play my game. That is when I play at my best. I am happy when I can do that."

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