According to a report from Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham could all be ready to cause West Ham boss David Moyes somewhat of a headache by stepping up their pursuits of Barcelona ace Emerson.
Spanish publication Sport claimed back in April that the Hammers want to sign the 21-year-old right-back.
The Brazilian is actually part-owned by Barcelona and Real Betis.
In January 2019, Emerson left Atlético Mineiro for around £11.1 million, with Barca and Real Betis each paying half of that fee. The Catalan giants have the option to pay £5 million in order to solely own the right-back in the summer of 2021. And they’ll have to lay out a further £5 million if they want to do it before that specified time (Wikipedia).
And Sport claimed recently that Barcelona would be prepared to do that before selling him on again for around £17 million.
With West Ham in desperate need of a new right-back this summer, Emerson seemed to be the ideal candidate.
But David Moyes has reportedly been presented with somewhat of a problem.
Mundo Deportivo claims that Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham are all ready to swoop in for the South American.
Steve Bruce, Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho will all be keen to bring a new right-sided defender to their respective clubs this summer.
The 21-year-old ace has racked up three goals and five assists in 29 La Liga appearances so far this season (Transfermarkt).
In those 29 league outings, Emerson has averaged 2.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per game. He has also attempted 0.6 crosses, 1.9 long balls and 0.9 key passes per game during that period (Who Scored).
The Brazilian seems to have everything needed to succeed in the Premier League. And he would be a truly brilliant signing for West Ham for just £17 million. The 21-year-old would undoubtedly be an upgrade on Ryan Fredericks.
It won’t be plain sailing, however.
The Hammers will have their work cut-out, with Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham all reportedly ready to swoop in for Emerson.
West Ham must ensure they retain their Premier League status this season. Otherwise they’ll have no chance of signing the Brazilian starlet.