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Spurs: Conte can axe Emerson with Kulusevski signing

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Dejan Kulusevski to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the January transfer window.

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That’s according to a report by Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport (via The Mirror), who claim that Antonio Conte has identified the Juventus winger as one of his primary targets in the winter market.

It is also reported that Massimiliano Allegri would be willing to consider the sale of the 21-year-old this month, with the Serie A side valuing the Sweden international between £25m and £30m.

The report goes on to state that the 52-year-old Spurs boss is willing to offer either Giovani Lo Celso or Tanguy Ndombele as a potential makeweight in a move for Kulusevski, something which it is claimed the Bianconeri may well be tempted by.

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Conte can axe Emerson with Kulusevski

While Emerson Royal only joined Tottenham in what was a €30m (£25.8m) move last summer, it has been recently reported that, as a result of his below-par performances so far for Spurs, Conte is already planning on signing an upgrade on the Brazil international in January.

And, while it is true that Kulusevski has not exactly been at his best since his £31.5m move to Juventus back in 2020, the versatile right-winger proved during a loan spell with Parma back in 2019/20 that, when given the opportunity to do so, he can return incredibly impressive metrics.

Indeed, over his 36 Serie A appearances that season, the £27m-rated man scored ten goals, provided eight assists and created a whopping 13 big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.7 shots and making 2.2 key passes per game.

The £78k-per-week forward also impressed in a defensive capacity, making an average of 0.6 interceptions, 1.1 tackles and winning 4.6 duels per fixture – something that would suggest the 21-year-old would be very well suited to playing in Conte’s right wing-back role.

These returns saw the Swede earn a rather astonishing seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.14, ranking him as Parma’s second-best performer in the top flight of Italian football that season.

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A truly wasted talent...

As such, it would certainly appear as if the arrival of Kulusevski could allow Conte to axe one of Fabio Paratici’s first signings last summer in the shape of the player who Alasdair Gold dubbed an “incredible” talent, something that we believe would be a very wise move considering the sheer amount of potential the young Juventus player clearly possesses, coupled with Emerson’s disappointing first half-season in north London.

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