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‘Comes at a premium’ – transfer expert revealed Conte masterclass as Spurs benefit from ‘biggest bargain’ in January

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Antonio Conte and Tottenham picked up the biggest bargain of the January transfer window, according to a report from data analysts, writes the TeamTalk.

Conte, along with director of football Fabio Paratici, was looking to bring in several new faces during the winter. Improving the squad was integral to Tottenham’s hopes of getting back into the top four.

The north London outfit had a disappointing few days as transfer target Luis Diaz joined Premier League rivals Liverpool. Adama Traore, who was also on Conte’s wish list, chose Barcelona over Tottenham as well.

But the club finally added to their ranks on deadline day as Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski both signed from Juventus.

According to BBC Sport, Uruguay midfielder Bentancur joined for an initial £15.9million. That could rise by £5m if certain clauses are met.

21-year-old winger Kulusevski, meanwhile, has agreed an 18-month loan deal which will cost Spurs £8.3m. They have the option to buy the Swede for £29.2m.

Data analysts Twenty First Group, as cited by the Daily Mail, now reveal that Conte and Paratici pulled off a masterclass.

That’s because Spurs captured 24-year-old Bentancur for less than half of his transfer value.

Omar Chaudhuri, the analysts’ chief intelligence officer, said: “According to our player valuation model, Tottenham’s signing of Bentancur was the most undervalued deal of the window in the Premier League, reportedly costing around half of our €40m (£34M) valuation for the Juventus player.

“Acquiring a first-choice player from a Champions League last-16 team normally comes at a premium.”