Paratici favourite makes ‘good’ admission about Tottenham transfer link

Samuel Bannister

Dejan Kulusevski used the word “good” when giving his reaction to rumours that Tottenham Hotspur would be interested in signing him from Juventus.

Kulusevski joined Juventus in 2020 after a successful spell on loan at Parma from Atalanta. The Swedish international amassed 47 appearances in all competitions in his debut season in Turin. In those games, he provided seven goals.

He has still been getting gametime this season after Juve’s change of coach. Massimiliano Allegri returned to the hotseat and has used Kulusevski in all seven Serie A games so far. However, only one of those appearances has been a start.

As time goes by, then, Kulusevski may begin considering his future more. The winger was tipped to continue his rapid rise elsewhere even this summer, when Tottenham were linked.

An obvious connection was behind the potential interest. Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici signed Kulusevski for Juventus and would like to repeat the trick in north London. As such, he reportedly remains on the club’s radar for January.

Goalscoring has been a bit of an issue for Tottenham in the early weeks of Nuno Espirito Santo’s reign. Adding another creative player like Kulusevski would help ease the burden on the likes of Harry Kane – surprisingly still goalless in the league this season – and Son Heung-min.

Juve’s number 44 has also been linked with a return to Atalanta, who initially took him to Italy as a 16-year-old but would only give him three senior appearances before selling.

Like Juve, Atalanta are expected to challenge for the Serie A title this season but have had a mixed start. Therefore, they may need reinforcements in January and could pose a threat to Tottenham’s hopes of signing Kulusevski.

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The 21-year-old has now been asked about the prospect of either joining Tottenham or Atalanta. And while he isn’t looking too far ahead, he is happy to be the subject of such speculation.

Kulusevski said to Sportbladet: “There will always be rumours when you play football.

“It’s good that more teams are interested. But that’s not something I think about. I only focus on the next match, otherwise you do not enjoy things.”

A left-footed player, Kulusevski primarily plays on the right wing. Spurs have a few options out wide, but Kulusevski may be able to provide some additional balance.

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It is not clear how much he may cost if Juventus – who have him under contract until 2025 – sell. But he would be an interesting prospect to work with if integrated into Nuno’s squad.

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Coincidentally, Kulusevski is not the only former Paratici buy at Juventus who could end up at Tottenham.

Reports have been fairly frequent about their interest in USA international Weston McKennie. They are not his only admirers, though, with West Ham in the chase.

McKennie enjoyed a decent debut season with Juve after moving from Schalke. However, Allegri does not seem to favour him as much.

With that in mind, the midfielder could be on the move in January. And reports claim Juve have already set their asking price for McKennie.

According to Calciomercato, McKennie may be available for around £25.5m in the winter window.

Whether Tottenham would be willing to meet that figure remains to be seen.

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