According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Tottenham are the latest club to be linked with Barcelona ace Emerson, with Jose Mourinho allegedly keen to bring him to north London this summer. And that means that West Ham United’s task of signing the Brazilian has just got a little bit harder.
Spanish media outlet Sport claimed that the Hammers want to sign the 21-year-old right-back.
West Ham boss David Moyes desperately needs to bring a top class right-back to the London Stadium this summer. And the same can be said of Mourinho at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And Emerson might just be the man for the job.
Mundo Deportivo claims that West Ham, Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle all want to sign the Barca ace.
So it seems as though the Hammers’ task has just got a lot harder.
In January 2019, the 21-year-old left Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro for around £11.1 million, with Barca and Real Betis paying half each 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 a further £5 million if they want to do it before that specified time (Wikipedia).
And Emerson has really impressed during his time with Betis over the past nine months or so.
The Brazilian ace has racked up three goals and five assists in 30 La Liga appearances so far this season (Who Scored).
In those 30 league outings, Emerson has averaged 2.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per game. He has also attempted 0.6 crosses, two long balls and 0.9 key passes per game during that period (Who Scored).
Sport claims Emerson could be available for just £17 million this summer. That would represent excellent value for a player who could become top class one day.
And there could be a real scrap for his signature this summer. Tottenham and West Ham desperately need the 21-year-old. It remains to be seen whether either club can attract the South American to London, however.