Spurs sign Juventus pair Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur; winger Kulusevski joins on an 18-month loan deal costing Tottenham £8.3m; midfielder Bentancur moves permanently on a four-and-a-half-year contract in a transfer deal worth up to £21.5m
Monday 31 January 2022 21:00, UK
Tottenham have signed Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus on Deadline Day.
Winger Kulusevski joins on an 18-month loan deal that costs Spurs £8.3m - £2.5m this season and £5.8m next season - while there is an obligation to buy the Sweden international for £29.2m if certain sporting criteria are met.
Meanwhile, midfielder Bentancur joins the north London club permanently after signing a four-and-a-half-year deal subject to international clearance and a work permit.
The deal for the Uruguay international could cost up to £21.5m with Tottenham paying Juve £15.8m up front, with £5.7m due in potential add-ons.
The move for Kulusevski comes after Spurs were beaten to the signing of Porto's Luis Diaz by Liverpool.
Spurs wanted to sign the Colombia international this month, but he preferred a move to Jurgen Klopp's side and completed his switch to Anfield on Sunday.
Tottenham also missed out on Wolves forward Adama Traore, who instead rejoined Barcelona on loan.
Kulusevski has made 27 appearances for Juventus in all competitions this season, but only seven of those were starts.
The 21-year-old, who has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract, has scored twice during the current campaign.
Kulusevski's arrival has paved the way for Spurs winger Bryan Gil to join Valencia on loan until the end of the season.
The Spaniard has made 20 appearances in all competitions this season but is yet to start a Premier League game and has not scored a goal.
Spurs have also moved for Kulusevski's Juve team-mate Bentancur after they loaned out midfielders Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso on Deadline Day.
Midfielder Dele Alli is also closing in on a permanent switch to Everton, while the club are also trying to offload Giovani Lo Celso.
Bentancur has featured regularly for Juve this season, making 18 starts in all competitions and providing three assists.
Aston Villa were also keen to sign the 24-year-old Uruguay international, but saw a £20.5m offer rejected by Juventus earlier this month, according to Sky in Italy.
Fabio Paratici, Tottenham's managing director of football, oversaw the signings of both Kulusevski from Atalanta in January 2020 and Bentancur from Boca Juniors in 2017 during his time at Juventus.
After completing the deals for Kulusevski and Bentancur, Sky Sports News has been told it is unlikely Spurs will sign any more players before the deadline.
Sky in Italy transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio:
"Kulusevski is a very talented player - it's difficult to understand what is his real position, but Antonio Conte is the perfect coach to understand where best to use him in the right system.
"Fabio Paratici is the man who brought Kulusevski from Atalanta to Juventus. Conte wanted him too when he was at Inter Milan.
"Conte and Fabio are the right couple to allow Kulusevski to reach his highest level.
"Rodrigo Bentancur is an important midfielder. I feel he can be important for Tottenham. In the last months at Juventus, he didn't play so well because he needed to change.
"Antonio can let him play in the right way. Bentancur needs to be stimulated and Antonio is the right man to refresh him."
Follow every Tottenham game in the Premier League this season with our live blogs on the Sky Sports website and app, and watch match highlights for free shortly after full-time.
Want the Tottenham latest? Bookmark our Tottenham news page, check out Tottenham's fixtures and Tottenham's latest results, watch Tottenham goals and video, keep track of the Premier League table and see which Tottenham games are coming up live on Sky Sports.
Get all this and more - including notifications sent straight to your phone - by downloading the Sky Sports Scores app and setting Tottenham as your favourite team.
Hear the best Premier League reaction and expert analysis with the Essential Football and Gary Neville podcasts, keep up-to-date with our dedicated Transfer Centre, follow the Sky Sports social accounts on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and find out how to get Sky Sports.
The clock is ticking. Who will be on the move before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday January 31?
Keep up-to-date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.