Tottenham change Dejan Kulusevski plan following Champions League qualification

Tottenham Hotspur have changed their plans for January addition Dejan Kulusevski following their qualification for the Champions League this season.

The Swede has played a key role for Antonio Conte since joining on deadline day in the winter window, racking up 5 goals and 8 assists in 18 outings for the lilywhites and pushing them into what initially appeared an unlikely fourth spot.

And, it was expected that Spurs would make the transfer permanent this summer, taking up the £25m option written into his loan deal.

However, that has now changed, with Daniel Levy and Fabio Paritici now planning on not activating that clause this summer. Instead, they will allow Kulusevski to see out the second season of his loan spell before activating the option to buy.

It will come at a cost, with the 25m euro option to buy this summer becoming 35m euros next summer, provided that the Swede plays at least 45 minutes in 20 Premier League games and Tottenham once again qualify for the Champions League.

Why have Tottenham done this?

The decision could prove to be a masterstroke for Tottenham, as it will allow them to spend more this summer. Antonio Conte has repeatedly demanded backing this summer, and the lily-whites are already shelling out £40m on Cristian Romero to make his loan permanent.

In financial fair play terms, the steeper price next summer for Kulusevski will be offset by the ability to spend more this summer, a sum which will be further bolstered by Champions League qualification.

As a result, they have more ability to strengthen the squad in the ways that Conte would want the club to, and a better chance of securing silverware next season. 10m seems a small price to pay for that chance.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 38 73 93
2 Liverpool FC 38 68 92
3 Chelsea FC 38 43 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 29 71
5 Arsenal FC 38 13 69
6 Manchester United 38 0 58
7 West Ham United 38 9 56
8 Leicester City 38 3 52
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -2 51
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 -5 51
11 Newcastle United 38 -18 49
12 Crystal Palace 38 4 48
13 Brentford FC 38 -8 46
14 Aston Villa 38 -2 45
15 Southampton FC 38 -24 40
16 Everton FC 38 -23 39
17 Leeds United 38 -37 38
18 Burnley FC 38 -19 35
19 Watford FC 38 -43 23
20 Norwich City 38 -61 22
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De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
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