Tottenham Hotspur are making a move for Juventus midfielder Dejan Kulusevski.
The Bianconeri regard the 21-year-old, who’s struggled to settle in Turin despite flashes of brilliance in his debut season, as dispensable despite the long-term injury sustained by Federico Chiesa earlier this month. The Italian is set to be out of action for seven months after tearing his ACL.
Initially, the Swede was expected to be given a chance to step and fill the gaping void left by Chiesa, but Juventus’ stance regarding the player has failed to shift.
Kulusevski has four goal contributions in just over 750 minutes of Serie A action this season.
Tottenham are working on a move for Dejan Kulusevski
Tottenham have endured a frustrating window up to this point. Wolves’ Adama Traore was considered a priority target but he opted to sign for Barcelona before Liverpool swooped in to snatch Porto’s Luis Diaz from their clutches.
Now, The Athletic writes that the club are working on a deal to sign Juve’s Kulusevski before Monday’s deadline. Former Bianconeri director Fabio Paratici is a huge admirer of the Swede after bringing him to Turin in 2020.
Spurs are understood to be pursuing a loan with a possible option or obligation to buy. Juve want the latter included in any deal, per Fabrizio Romano.
While the player desperately needs a fresh start, letting Kulusevski go would leave Juventus considerably short in wide areas following Chiesa’s injury. Unless a replacement is brought in, Massimiliano Allegri would be left with Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi as the club’s only bona fide wingers.
Young Matias Soulé could also be used, while Moise Kean has previously played out wide in the past.
Regarding a potential incoming, David Ornstein reports that Juve have made an “official approach” for Arsenal outcast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.