August 12, 2022


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Tottenham sign Kulusevski and Bentancur from Juventus

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Tottenham have completed the deadline-day signings of Juventus midfielders Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski.

Bentancur joins Spurs for £15.8million, plus £5m in possible add-ons, and has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract until 2026.

Kulusevski arrives on a loan deal until 2023. Juventus have confirmed Tottenham have paid a £8.4m loan fee. Spurs will also have an obligation to buy Kulusevski if he hits certain goals over the next 18 months.

Bentancur has 46 caps for Uruguay and will join up with the Spurs squad after their World Cup qualifier against Venezuela in Montevideo on Tuesday. Kulusevski has 20 caps for Sweden.

It has been a busy deadline day for Spurs with Bryan Gil undergoing a medical ahead of his loan switch to Valencia. Tanguy Ndombele has completed a loan move to Lyon, while Dele Alli is discussing a permanent move to Everton and Villarreal are in talks with Giovani Lo Celso.

Major targets had routinely rejected a move to North London before the Juve duo arrived; Adama Traore, Dusan Vlahovic, and Luis Diaz opting for moves elsewhere despite Tottenham interest.

But Conte will hope that Kulusevski and Bentancur can inject fresh life into his squad, which are only fighting on two fronts after being kicked out of Europe and losing to Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

The Italian manager competed against the pair as Inter Milan coach in recent seasons, and both are familiar to managing director Fabio Paratici, who brought them to Juventus during his 11 years in Turin.

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