Tottenham ready to pounce as Barca loanee’s future hit by abrupt U-turn

Date published: Saturday 4th July 2020 3:50

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Tottenham have registered initial interest in a move for Barcelona loanee Emerson Royal, whose future at Camp Nou is in doubt, according to a report.

The right-back has spent the season on loan at Real Betis, playing 28 of the club’s 33 La Liga matches.

Indeed, the 21-year-old has impressed, chipping in with three goals and five assists.

Emerson is part-owned by both Barcelona and Betis and Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) claims the two clubs had previously agreed to another loan spell next season.

However, the source adds that his performances have caught the eye from clubs across Europe. As such, Barca now willing to sell the full-back in their bid to raise much-needed funds.

Tottenham are among the clubs keen and have informed the Spanish giants of their initial interest.

However, a formal offer is yet to be placed, as Spurs keep tabs on Emerson’s developing situation.

Borussia Dortmund, Everton and Newcastle also hold a strong interest, with the former club showing most willingness to strike a deal after Achraf Hakimi’s exit to Inter Milan.

 

Should Barcelona decide to sell up, it is unclear what fee they would demand for the player.

As for Emerson’s stance, the right-back’s initial desire is to return to Barca and fight for his place. Indeed, reports claim current right-back Nelson Semedo could leave in the coming months.

However, Emerson also recognises that a move across Europe could benefit him better as regards game time and a potential international call-up with Brazil.

DELE CONCERN FOR TOTTENHAM

Dele Alli Tottenham TEAMtalk

Elsewhere, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that Dele Alli is a doubt for Monday’s clash with Everton.

Mourinho says he is unsure of the extent of the injury and whether he will make the clash with the Toffees.

The manager said: “Something today in training with Dele Alli. I don’t think it’s big. I don’t really know what it is.

“The bad thing of press conference 48 hours before a game is another training session tomorrow.”

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