Tottenham Hotspur changed their plans to add Dejan Kulusevski in January after qualifying for the Champions League this season.
The Swede has been key for Antonio Conte since arriving on deadline day in the winter window, racking up 5 goals and 8 assists in 18 outings for the lilywhites and pushing them into what initially looked like a fourth place finish unlikely.
And, Spurs were expected to make the transfer permanent this summer, taking the £25m option written into his loan deal.
Tottenham to make Dejan Kulusevski transfer permanent this summer after excellent loan form
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) April 20, 2022
However, that has now changed, with Daniel Levy and Fabio Paritici now planning not to activate this clause this summer. Instead, they will allow Kulusevski to see the second season on his loan before activating the option to buy.
This will come at a cost, with the option to buy €25m this summer rising to €35m next summer, provided the Swede plays at least 45 minutes in 20 Premier League games and Tottenham qualify again for the Champions League.
Kulusevski will be a Tottenham player with a permanent contract in the future for sure… but he remains on loan next season 🇸🇪 #THFC
▫️ If he plays 20 games [45 mins] in PL and the Spurs will qualify for the UCL ↪️ obligation to purchase for 35 M€.
▫️ Otherwise, Spurs will have an option to buy clause. pic.twitter.com/JnY2PrKRF2
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 24, 2022
Why did Tottenham do this?
The decision could prove to be a masterstroke for Tottenham as it will allow them to spend more this summer. Antonio Conte has repeatedly asked for backing this summer, and the Lily Whites are already splashing out £40m on Cristian Romero to make his loan move permanent.
In terms of financial fair play, the higher price tag next summer for Kulusevski will be offset by the ability to spend more this summer, a sum that will be further bolstered by Champions League qualification.
As a result, they have more ability to build the squad in the way Conte would like the club to do, and a better chance of securing silverware next season. 10m seems like a small price to pay for this chance.
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