Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly on the verge of completing a double swoop for Juventus duo Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur.
After a quiet winter transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur’s month could come to a promising conclusion as transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has offered an exciting update. The Italian journalist suggests Tottenham have reached an agreement with Serie A heavyweights Juventus surrounding the transfers of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski.
Bentancur is set to join Tottenham on a permanent deal worth around €19 million-plus €6 add-ons. He will come to north London alongside his Juventus teammate Dejan Kulusevski, who is likely to remain at Tottenham on loan until the end of the season.
The addition of these two Juventus stars could leave Antonio Conte heaving a major sigh of relief, as the Italian tactician was primarily looking for a new midfielder and a new attacker in this January transfer window.
On the offensive front, Tottenham had primarily targeted Wolves attacker Adama Traore. While the Lilywhites were close to completing the capture of the Spanish international, he ended up returning to FC Barcelona on a short-term loan deal with an option for redemption at the end of the season.
Adama Traore’s move to Barcelona prompted Spurs to set their sights back on Kulusevski. The young Swede was courted by the club’s arch-rivals Arsenal, but thanks to the influence of Fabio Paratici, the player appears to have opted to join Tottenham.
The same can be said for Rodrigo Bentancur. The Uruguayan international was linked with a move to Aston Villa earlier in the window. The Midlands outfit were even willing to fork out €20 million for the midfielder, but their offer was swiftly rejected by Juventus, as the Serie A giants were holding out for a higher fee.
Ultimately, Juventus opted to agree to Tottenham’s €19 million offer and are prepared to cash in on Bentancur. The aggressive midfielder is set to be replaced by Borussia Monchengladbach starlet Denis Zakaria in a €5 million deal.
At Tottenham, Bentancur is likely to compete with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp for the double-pivot role. The Uruguayan international should bring useful tactical versatility to the table with his all-round gameplay and aggression in the middle of the park. It will be equally interesting to see how his Juventus teammate Kulusevski fares in the Premier League, as he looks to secure a permanent move to north London in the summer.