Emerson Royal: Tottenham sign right-back from Barcelona

Arsenal were keen on signing Emerson, but the 22-year-old preferred a move to Spurs; Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo wanted to bolster his defensive options, having played Japhet Tanganga at right-back in the opening Premier League games

Barcelona's Emerson Royal has been on-loan at Real Betis for the last three seasons
Image: Barcelona's Emerson Royal has been on loan at Real Betis for the last three seasons

Tottenham have completed the signing of right-back Emerson Royal from Barcelona.

Emerson has signed a contract until 2026 and will wear the No 12 shirt at Spurs.

A Spurs statement read: "We are delighted to announce the signing of Emerson Royal from Barcelona, subject to international clearance and a work permit.

"The right-back has signed a contract with us until 2026 and will wear the number 12 shirt. Emerson will travel to London from Spain later this week."

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Paul Gilmour reports from Tottenham as the early Premier League pacesetters wrap up the signing of Brazilian right-back Emerson Royal from Barcelona

Sky Sports News reported on Monday that a bid worth £25.73m (€30m) was made for the right-back, which was later accepted by the Spanish club, with personal terms also agreed.

Arsenal were keen on signing Emerson, but the 22-year-old preferred a move to Spurs.

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo was hoping to bolster his defensive options, having played Japhet Tanganga at right-back in the opening Premier League games, with Serge Aurier now out of favour at the club.

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Brazilian Emerson joined Barcelona in 2019 from Atletico Mineiro. He then moved to Real Betis, but returned to the Nou Camp this summer when Barcelona exercised a buy-back clause.

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