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Tottenham looking to wrap up first piece of summer business for lower fee

Tottenham Hotspur are expected to sign Dejan Kulusevski on a permanent deal this summer and take up the option of signing the Swede for a lower fee.

The 21-year-old joined Spurs on an 18-month loan in January, worth £8.3million and the deal included the option to make the move permanent this summer for a further £24.9m.

Antonio Conte’s side will also have the option of signing the talented forward next summer, although the north London side would have to pay Italian giants Juventus a higher fee of £29.1m if they qualify for the Champions League at the end of next season and the left footer plays more than 50 percent of their matches.

However, according to the Evening Standard, Daniel Levy’s Spurs have decided to activate the clause this summer to ensure they don’t spend the additional £4m next summer.

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The same report also states that Conte already sees Kulusevski as a ‘permanent’ member of his squad.

From 10 Premier League starts, the Sweden international has scored three goals and has provided six assists.

Prior to joining Tottenham, Kulusevski had only started five Serie A games under Max Allegri and didn’t start any of this season’s Champions League group stage matches.

But the fresh start in England has served Kulusevski well and he has spoken about the frustrating six months he endured in Turin.

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Tottenham’s number 21 said: “I think that I wanted to show everybody what I could do.

“I think I maybe became even more motivated. I love proving people wrong, so I was very hungry when I came here. But, still, I knew it would be very, very difficult to arrive in a new league and everything that comes with that.

“A lot of things had to click, and, honestly, everything has clicked so well. With the coaches, they found the perfect position for me, so I can have the ball a lot, attack the goal and have opportunities to score goals and assist my team-mates.

“I think you can see, when I play, I play freely, without really thinking, without worrying about mistakes, I just play my game. That is when I play at my best. I am happy when I can do that.”

Kulusevski has forged a deadly partnership alongside Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.

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