Alasdair Gold has dropped an update on the futures of Tottenham Hotspur talents Cristian Romero and Dejan Kulusevski.
What’s the talk?
In a recent Q&A on football.london, the Tottenham correspondent revealed that Fabio Paratici looks set to activate the options to purchase both the centre-back and right winger at the end of the season, which will deduct around £70m from the managing director’s transfer budget in the summer transfer window.
Regarding the deals for both loanees, Gold said: “Making both Cristian Romero and Dejan Kulusevski’s moves permanent will have to be taken into account of course. That’s almost £70m that Spurs will have to pay out this summer and they will do so because every penny is absolutely worth it.”
Conte will be buzzing
Considering how impressive both Romero and Kulusevski have been for Tottenham since their respective moves to north London, it would indeed appear that the duo would be well worth their combined £70m transfer fee.
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Indeed, over Romero’s 18 Premier League appearances since his season-long loan switch from Atalanta last summer, the £58m-rated centre-back has been imperious in the heart of Antonio Conte’s backline. He has helped his side to keep four clean sheets, along with making 1.3 interceptions, 2.8 tackles and three clearances and winning 5.7 duels (at a success rate of 62%) per game.
Meanwhile, over Kulusevski’s 11 league outings following his January loan from Juventus, the £75m-rated winger has also been in sensational form for Tottenham, having already bagged three goals, registered six assists and created six big chances for his team-mates, along with making 1.8 key passes and taking 1.8 shots per match.
These returns have seen the £40k-per-week forward average a breathtaking SofaScore match rating of 7.30, not only ranking him as the north Londoners’ third-best performer but also the joint 16th-best player in the entire Premier League.
As such, it is clear to see that both players – who Ian Wright claimed could make Tottenham a more “dangerous” side – would be well worth the £70m outlay, with their permanent summer signings certain to have Conte buzzing.