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'100 percent': Antonio Conte has just hinted at Tottenham's first piece of summer business

Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has dropped a big hint on Dejan Kulusevski’s future.

The Spurs manager was speaking to football.london ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool.

He twice said Kulusevski is “100 percent” a Tottenham player, even if “not officially”.

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Kulusevski has been a revelation since joining Spurs on an initial loan deal from Juventus in January.

The 22-year-old has made 16 appearances for Tottenham, registering three goals and eight assists.

He has helped transform the Spurs front line into one of the strongest in the Premier League.

According to Goal.com, Tottenham have an option to buy Kulusevski for €35million (£29million).

On Thursday, Alasdair Gold asked Conte whether he’d be advising Spurs to sign him permanently.

“Yeah, but I think he’s on loan but it’s like a deal ended,” replied the Italian.

“He’s a Tottenham player 100 percent in every aspect. Not officially, but he’s 100 percent a Tottenham player.”

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All the signs seem to be pointing to Tottenham signing Kulusevski this summer, and it’s no surprise.

You can’t help but wonder whether Juve are kicking themselves for the option to buy at such a low sum.

Kulusevski’s stock had fallen somewhat in Turin, but Conte has quickly got him firing on all cylinders.

A report in the Evening Standard from late April claimed Spurs have already decided to go ahead and buy him.

Who wouldn’t trigger an option to buy a young, high-calibre player who’s taken to the Premier League so well?

And best of all, for less than £30million?

Kulusevski’s arrival has turned Tottenham’s front line into arguably the best attacking setup in the Premier League alongside Liverpool.

Spurs have a lot of work to do to bolster their ranks in the summer.

But the Kulusevski deal is be one that needs to be done as soon as possible.

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