Spurs: Paratici set to seal Kulusevski deal
Tottenham Hotspur appear set to complete the signing of Dejan Kulusevski this season, although some of the terms of the winger’s initial 18-month loan to Juventus are not met.
That’s according to a report from Football Insider, which claims that, with Spurs required to pay the Serie A side a figure of £31m if the 22-year-old makes 20 Premier League appearances and Tottenham finished in the top four, Fabio Paratici is ready to sanction this agreement, whether the predetermined criteria are met or not.
The report goes on to say that a source close to the club has revealed the Sweden international’s permanent move to north London is already ’95 per cent done’ – it is believed Kulusevski has agreed personal terms with the club from Premier League, while Paratici are also believed to have confirmed the Bianconeri deal.
Given the remarkable impact Kulusevski has had at Tottenham in such a short time, coupled with the dramatic increase in the winger’s market valuation over the past ten months, the argument that Paratici’s permanent transfer for the 22-year-old would be his biggest masterclass at Spurs so far is incredibly easy to do.
Indeed, in his 18 Premier League appearances in 2021/22, the £70million-rated talent wasted no time in making his mark, scoring five goals, providing eight assists and creating six greats. chances for his teammates, while taking an average of 1.4 shots, making 1.4 key passes and completing 1.4 dribbles per game.
Despite only being at the club for half a season, these metrics saw the Swede rank as Spurs’ third-highest goalscorer, second-highest assist provider and fourth-most frequent big-chance creator. , while his average shots, key passes and dribbles per game also ranked him third, second and fourth in each respective metric last season.
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More generally, Kulusevski’s returns saw him average a hugely impressive 7.21 Match Rating on SofaScore, ranking him as Antonio Conte’s fourth-best player in English football’s top flight last time out.
It was a similar story for the player Raj Chohan dubbed “unreal” and Greg Jenner claimed seems to have been “a hell of a deal” in his seven league outings this season, having already scored one goal, registered three assists and created two great chances for his teammates – these comebacks seeing the striker average a 6.91 SofaScore match rating.
As such, taking into account his remarkable impact in the final third, in addition to the fact that his market valuation now sits at £39m more than the £31m Tottenham appear willing to pay for his full-time services – a 126 per cent increase – should Paratici indeed secure a deal for Kulusevski this season, it will have been one of the best of his tenure for the Italian so far.