Tottenham report: Spurs could lose star attacker due to a forgotten clause in his deal

Antonio Conte
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte looks dejected during his side's 2-0 loss at home to Aston Villa. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Tottenham risk missing out on the permanent signing of Dejan Kulusevski if they do not finish in the top four of the Premier League, according to reports.

Kulusevski is only on loan at Spurs until the end of the campaign, having agreed an 18-month switch from Juventus in January 2022.

It is easy to forget that the Sweden international is not a permanent Tottenham player given his status as a first-team regular.

Dejan Kulusevski

Tottenham forward Dejan Kulusevski celebrates a goal against Southampton (Image credit: Getty)

And while it was widely assumed that the move would automatically be made permanent at the end of this season, Kulusevski's future is in fact much more uncertain.

According to Calcio Mercarto, the north London side are obliged to buy the winger for £30m this summer - but only if they qualify for the Champions League.

Spurs are currently fourth in the standings but they have a slender two-point advantage over fifth-placed Newcastle.

Harry Kane

Tottenham striker Harry Kane could also leave the club at the end of the season (Image credit: Getty)

Antonio Conte's side have also played two more matches than Newcastle and Liverpool, while Brighton have three games in hand on Tottenham.

Spurs remain confident of landing Kulusevski on a full-time basis, and a deal could still be agreed if they miss out on the top four.

But their underwhelming form in 2023 means the 22-year-old may consider offers from elsewhere when he leaves Juventus at the end of the campaign.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte during his side's 2-0 loss at home to Aston Villa on January 1, 2023.

Tottenham could soon be looking for a new manager, with Antonio Conte's future in doubt (Image credit: Getty Images)

Meanwhile Tottenham could be on the lookout for a new manager as early as Monday, with Conte on the brink of the sack.

The Italian's outburst after the recent 3-3 draw with Southampton has left him in danger of being fired before the Premier League resumes next weekend.

Spurs do not play again until April 3, when they will travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.

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After Bayern Munich appointed Thomas Tuchel, Ryan Mason is the surprise frontrunner to be the next Tottenham manager.

Harry Kane is prepared to force through a move away from Spurs this summer, reports say.

And Tottenham are considering a move for Wojciech Szczesny as they seek a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).