According to a report from Spanish media outlet Sport, West Ham, Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham all want to sign Barcelona ace Emerson this summer.
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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.
Spanish publication Sport claims that West Ham, Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham would all be interested in signing the attacking full-back. And Barcelona will allegedly be willing to sell him for just £17 million.
The Hammers, Toffees, Magpies and Spurs will surely all be keen to bolster their right-back department this summer.
And there could be a frantic transfer tussle lying in wait for all four Premier League clubs.
The Brazilian ace has racked up three goals and five assists in 23 La Liga appearances so far this season (Transfermarkt).
In those 23 league outings, Emerson has averaged 2.1 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per game. He has also attempted 0.5 crosses, 1.6 long balls and 0.9 key passes per game during that period (Who Scored).
The South American would surely be an absolutely brilliant bargain for just £17 million.
He would arguably be an upgrade on West Ham’s Ryan Fredericks, Newcastle’s Javi Manquillo or DeAndre Yedlin, Tottenham’s Serge Aurier and Everton’s Seamus Coleman.
Much will depend on which team can offer Emerson the most attractive package.
And it could be argued that if Newcastle do eventually get taken over by the Saudi public investment fund, the Toon might just be in the driving seat for the 21-year-old.