Juventus have confirmed the signing of Dejan Kulusevski from Atalanta, with the Swede set to see out his pre-existing season-long loan at Parma before moving to Turin in the summer.
The 19-year-old starlet has impressed during the first half of the campaign for Roberto D’Aversa’s side, starting each of his team’s 17 Serie A games and registering a combined 11 goals and assists in the process.
Kulusevski had previously been linked with a move to Manchester United or Inter, but Juventus have ultimately won the race for his signature – announcing news of his arrival on their official website on Thursday evening.
The Swedish international – who made his national team debut in November 2019 – joins the Old Lady for an initial fee of €35m to be paid in five instalments, while there is also the potential for around €9m of conditional add-ons to inflate his price tag in the future.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Kulusevski will earn €2.5m per season to begin with, with that figure set to rise in each year of his four-and-a-half year contract.
The wide forward – who can also play in midfield – began his career at IF Brommapojkarna in his native Sweden before signing a youth contract at Atalanta in 2016. His Nerazzurri debut came three years later in a 5-0 win over Frosinone.
Kulusevski may not be the signing that Juventus make in January with the Serie A holders being linked with a number of players. Maurizio Sarri is understood to be keen to reunite with Olivier Giroud who he managed at Chelsea last season, while the Marc-André ter Stegen has also been sensationally touted for a move to the club.
Giroud may be being lined up as a potential replacement for Mario Mandzukic who posted an emotional farewell message to the Juventus fans last week, following his move to Qatar-based side Al-Duhail.