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Tottenham join PSG, Inter & Milan in race to sign Barcelona's Emerson

By Harry Symeou
Apr 16, 2021, 1:30 PM GMT+1
Emerson could be on the move this summer with a number of clubs said to be interested
Emerson could be on the move this summer with a number of clubs said to be interested | Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to sign Barcelona right-back Emerson, but face competition from several European suitors.

The 22-year-old moved from his native Brazil to Spain in 2019 thanks to a joint financial effort from Barcelona - who officially own him - and Real Betis - who he has been on loan at ever since.

The situation around Emerson's ownership is a complex one as he is co-owned by the two clubs. The Catalan giants own 50% of his rights but have the option to purchase an additional 30% from Betis this summer.

According to the latest reports from Estadio Deportivo in Spain, cash-strapped Barça are looking to offload the defender in order to raise transfer funds ahead of the summer, and that they have set an asking price of £21m.

Real Betis are said to want to keep hold of the Brazilian but it would be 'impossible' for them to sign him permanently given their current financial situation. That opens the door for Spurs, as well as PSG, Inter and Milan, who have all been credited with an interest.

The right-back position has been a problem for Spurs this season. Having signed Matt Doherty from Wolves last summer for around £15m, it's fair to say he hasn't lived up to his price tag and Serge Aurier has proven over the years he has an error in him.

Emerson Royal, Adria Pedrosa
Great challenge from Emerson, here | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Emerson could represent an upgrade on both the aforementioned full-backs, but with the north London club facing stern competition from some of Europe's biggest names, it could prove difficult to land the highly rated La Liga star.

The former Atletico Mineiro man has spoken of representing Barcelona in the future but it seems the club have other plans. USA international Sergino Dest has made the right-back position his own this season during an impressive debut campaign at Camp Nou, and is two years younger than Emerson anyway.