Tottenham are set to complete a double swoop of Juventus with Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur both poised to join the Lilywhites.
After completing the statement signing of Dusan Vlahovic on Friday, Juve moved swiftly to offload the dispensible Kulusevski and reshuffle their midfield pack. With Bentancur all but out the door, the Bianconeri are ready to complete the €7m signing of Denis Zakaria from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Juve matched Gladbach’s valuation of the player on Saturday morning after the player agreed to join the club.
Juventus are set to offload both Rodrigo Bentancur & Dejan Kulusevski to Tottenham
Bentancur has caught the eye of several clubs this window, including Aston Villa and Lyon, but it’s Spurs who have won the race for the Juve midfielder.
Various reporters, including Fabrizio Romano, suggest that the Lilywhites will pay €19m plus add-ons for the 25-year-old, with the total fee potentially rising to €24m. While many Juventus supporters are happy to see the back of the Uruguayan, it’s worth noting that the hefty sell-on clause included in any Bentancur sale following his arrival from Boca Juniors means the club will not profit massively from his departure.
As for Kulusevski, Romano reports that the Swede will fly to London on Sunday to complete his move to Spurs. The playmaker will join the club on an initial loan with the Lilywhites’ obligation to purchase permanently being dependent on Kulusevski reaching a certain number of appearances and Spurs qualifying for the Champions League next season. In total, the deal could be worth upwards of €40m – including a €5m loan fee.
Former Juventus director Fabio Paratici has been hugely influential in negotiating both deals and he’s a particular admirer of Kulusevski, whom he brought to Turin in 2020 following an outstanding spell at Parma.
Overall, despite the Swede’s potential and Bentancur’s underrated value, Juventus will be thrilled to potentially garner €65m+ from their sales. Now, both have the chance to develop under Antonio Conte in north London.