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  • By Yann Tear

Spurs hog the limelight on deadline day - Capital Football rounds up the big deals

Tottenham were the biggest movers and shakers on deadline day as two players arrived from Juventus and one of their big names of recent years departed.

They went some way to offsetting the disappointed of being pipped at the post for the signing of Colombian international Luis Diaz by landing Swedish player Dejan Kulusevski (right) and Uruguay international Rodrigo Betancur.

But they bade farewell to Dele Alli, who teams up with Frank Lampard at Everton. The 25-year-old, who has been capped 37 times by England, has seen a career full of promise stall under successive managers at Tottenham and he will hope the move north can relight the fire.

He scored 67 times in 269 appearances for Spurs after his move from MK Dons in 2015. He joins on an appearances-related deal which could rise to £40m.

Kulusevi - a 21-year-old left-footed winger, who likes to play wide on the right - has agreed an 18-month loan deal with a view to a £21m permanent switch, which is linked to qualification for the Champions League. The deal will initially cost Spurs £8.3 million.

His team-mate at the Turin club, midfielder Betancur, arrives in a £16m deal which could rise a further £5m. The 24-year-old was also a target for Aston Villa. He was bought from Boca Juniors for £8m in 2017.

Both players are well known to Spurs’ director of football Fabio Paratici, who signed them during his 11-year spell in Turin with the Italian giants.

Spurs had been hoping to land Porto winger Luis Diaz, but the Colombian forward opted for a move to Liverpool after the Merseysiders met a £37.5m price tag.

Kulusevski joined Juve from Atalanta for £37m in January 2020 but has not featured regularly this season, having initially been out on loan with Parma, where he did well.

The arrival of the two new players coincides with the departure of Alli and a raft of others in a big clear-out ordered by boss Antonio Conte.

Tanguy Ndombele has gone to Lyon – the move initially on loan but with a view to a permanent transfer. Bryan Gil, who has not had many opportunities in the first team at Spurs, has been sent out to Valencia on loan, with Gio Lo Celso heading to Villareal.

For Arsenal, the big talking point is the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona on a free. The former Gunners skipper fell out of favour with Mikel Arteta after a series of disciplinary and health issues as his form dipped.

The north Londoners, who now have only Premier League matches to concentrate on this season, wanted Alvaro Morata on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season and Luka Jovic of Real Madrid, but neither deal was realised. Calum Chambers has joined Aston Villa on a free with Sead Kolasinac heading to Marseille.

West ham’s bid to sign Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips was rebuffed – the aim having been to recreate his successful England midfield partnership with Declan Rice. Hopes of bringing Jesse Lingard back to the London Stadium also fell away as Man United decided against sanctioning a deal with a top-four rival.

Brentford have allowed Charlie Goode to go out on loan to Sheffield United with striker Marcus Forss also heading to Yorkshire to play for Hull on loan, and Dominic Thompson heading to Ipswich in a temporary move. The Bees announced the much-anticipated arrival of Christian Eriksen yesterday.

Crystal Palace have made the loan capture of Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz permanent and also signed Luke Plange from Derby – although he will remain with the Rams until the summer.

Fulham have released popular defender Denis Odoi to Club Bruges for an undisclosed fee, with Steven Sessegnon moving to Plymouth on loan. Coming in until the end of the season is Liverpool’s Nico Williams.

Liverpool were looking to tie up a deal for Fabio Carvalho, but that now looks like being revisited in the summer. They would, in any case, have allowed the midfielder to remain at the Cottage until the end of the season to help with the Whites’ promotion bid.

Neighbours QPR have bolstered their play-off push by recruiting experienced Irish international midfielder Jeff Hendrick from Newcastle and Dion Sanderson from Wolves – both on loan. Conor Masterson has gone to Gillingham in another temporary deal.


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