After an initially quiet transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur have made their move on deadline day with a double Juventus deal, as both Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur have signed with Kulusevski joining on loan with an option to buy and Bentancur joining in a permanent deal.
Tottenham Secure Double Juventus Deadline Day Move
The Swedish attacking midfielder joins Tottenham on loan for 18 months with an option to buy and is getting ready for what he described as being an exciting time. He told the official Tottenham website;
“I feel very good, I’m very happy to be here, very grateful for this opportunity that Spurs have given me. The Premier League has always been the league – since I was 15 I was thinking about the Premier League because that’s what we watched in Sweden, that was the best league in the world and I still think it is. It’s just another world. I was always thinking ‘when can I go there?’ and then when this opportunity came, I didn’t think twice.”
Kulusevski said that he hopes to bring energy to Spurs and is known from his time in Italy as being someone who likes to get out wide, run at players and deliver telling balls into the box;
“I hope to bring energy to the team. I love playing football, it’s the best thing in the world, playing, attacking, defending, playing for each other. To win games, score goals, assists… I just want to do it all. That’s how I have been since I was five years old, playing football with my sister, with my family, with my friends.”
He brings with him experience despite being just 21-years-old, having played in the Champions League and winning the Coppa Italia with Juventus in 2020/21.
Bentancur arrives from Italy and will arrive at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following his involvement in Uruguay’s World Cup qualifying game against Venezuela on Tuesday 1 February. He has 46 caps to date for his country.
Bentancur has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Spurs with the cost of the move being reported as being worth up to £21.5 million.
The midfielder moved to Juventus in 2017 , winning three consecutive Serie A titles between 2018 and 2020 as well as two Coppa Italia trophies. He was a regular part of the Juventus team and is seen by Spurs boss Antonio Conte as being a cultured and tough midfielder.
The two signings see the start of Conte putting his own stamp on his Spurs squad and he will be hoping for more to come in the summer.
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