It’s only a matter of time before Dejan Kulusevski becomes a permanent Tottenham Hotspur player.
The 22-year-old dynamo joined Spurs on an initial 18-month loan, costing £8.3m, from Juventus in January 2021 and has emerged as a standout figure in Antonio Conte‘s squad, adding some more firepower to a frontline involving Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
Although still technically contracted to the Old Lady, the north Londoners are set to trigger a £25m clause before his temporary deal expires at the end of the season.
Has Kulusevski been Paratici’s best signing?
Since arriving from Italy, the Sweden international has delivered 21 goals or assists across 40 appearances, averaging one direct contribution every 132 minutes, via Transfermarkt.
Only a few players are managing a higher average WhoScored match rating than Kulusevski this term, further highlighting his importance to both the manager and the club.
How much is Dejan Kulusevski worth?
When Spurs do pull the trigger on signing Kulusevski permanently, then they’ll instantly hit the jackpot as the winger’s value has risen rapidly thanks to his form in the Premier League.
According to FootballTransfers, the £110k-per-week star is now valued a whopping €70.4m (£62m), which would represent a 148% increase on what sporting director Fabio Paratici agreed to, making the deal seem like a complete steal.
Over the last year alone, the Swede ranks inside the top 6% for assists per 90 when compared to his positional peers across Europe’s elite five divisions, via FBref, who also liken him to proven Premier League talents in Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho, in terms of statistical profile.
Hailed as “a monster” and a “non-stop machine” by Italian football expert Nima Tavallaey Roodsari prior to his switch to north London, we have certainly seen such attributes from Kulusevski, making him one of the more lethal attacking options in the top-flight in recent times.
More recently, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was the latest name to praise Spurs’ dangerman, having made a considerable impact in the 1-0 win over the defending champions.
“After we made a mistake they punished us – 1-0 down it is different, we had chances, and of course when we lose balls in transition with Kulusevski and Son, it is not easy. We dropped three points.”
As such, there is no denying that Spurs have completely struck gold with the deal to sign Kulusevski – whether he’s here to stay for the long-term or moves on for big profit in the future, Paratici has certainly played a blinder in signing a £62m-rated talent for nearly a third of the price.
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