Tottenham ‘agree £25m fee’ with cash-strapped Barcelona for Emerson Royal

Tottenham could secure the signing of Barcelona defender Emerson Royal during the closing stages of the summer window – but face a race against time as Transfer Deadline Day approaches.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men sit top of the Premier League table with three wins from three before the international break – and look keen on securing one last incoming deal.

Emerson has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons on loan at Real Betis from the Catalan giants, making 79 appearances, scoring five goals, and helping them to sixth in the table last season.

The 22-year-old also has international pedigree, playing three times for Brazil this year and helping them into the final of the 2021 Copa America.

Mail Online report that financial troubles at Barcelona have left them vulnerable to bids for their players, and have agreed a fee of £25.7million for the right-back with Spurs.

While the north London side were said to be keen on a straight swap for Serge Aurier, Barcelona want cash for their returning player following his 2019 move from Atletico Mineiro.

Having excelled under Manuel Pellegrini at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, Emerson looked set to play a key role under Ronald Koeman and has made three appearances in La Liga so far this season.

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The player himself said when asked about his future on international duty in May: “I know that Barcelona has spoken with Betis, where I was playing on loan, to let them know that they want to get me back.

"My loan ends at the end of this season, therefore, as of July 1, I am a Barcelona player, and I wish to fulfil the three-year contract that I have signed. For me it is a dream to play for Barcelona.

"And if this possibility has appeared it was fundamentally as a consequence of my work, my determination and the evolution that I have had during the time that I have played in Betis.

"I am very happy. The recognition that Barcelona has had in me has been key in my career, now I hope to show my work at Barca."

With Santo saying on transfers this week: "What we need and what we believe we will keep it between ourselves. We speak, we see, we analyse and then we have to decide.

"It's not easy to find the right players."

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