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Tottenham agree €30m fee with Barcelona for Emerson Royal

Jude Summerfield
Emerson impressed during his spell with Real Betis
Emerson impressed during his spell with Real Betis / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Tottenham have agreed a €30m fee with Barcelona for the transfer of right back Emerson Royal.

Spurs have been on the hunt for a new player on the right side of the defence this summer, with neither Serge Aurier or Matt Doherty impressing last season. Japhet Tanganga has featured there in each of their opening three Premier League games, playing particularly well in the opening day victory against Manchester City.

However, the club have decided to strengthen the position regardless, with the Guardian reporting that he is expected to provide competition for Tanganga and Doherty. Talks are ongoing over personal terms to complete the deal.

That news means Aurier could secure a move elsewhere before the transfer window closes. The Ivory Coast international was close to rejoining Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the summer and only has one year remaining on his contract.

He has been linked with Lille, but a potential move to France would depend on Zeki Celik leaving. Atletico Madrid were interested in the 24-year-old, but so far no agreement has been reached.

Aurier himself distanced himself from the move due to his links to Lille's rivals Lens, stating on social media: "Blood and gold for life, you know it."

Emerson joined Barcelona in 2019 but it was a joint deal with fellow La Liga side Real Betis which saw the two clubs pay half each of the €12.7m transfer fee given to Atletico Mineiro. He spent just over two seasons with Betis before Barça exercised their option to bring him back to Camp Nou for €9m.

The Catalan giants are notoriously cash strapped, meaning they're happy to part ways this summer.

The 22-year-old would become Tottenham's fifth incoming transfer of the summer, following Cristian Romero, Pierluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil and Pape Matar Sarr, the latter of whom has rejoined Metz on loan until the end of the season.

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