Tottenham agree £25.7m fee with cash-strapped Barcelona for Emerson Royal with Spurs hopeful of getting the deal over the line before tomorrow’s deadline after the Catalans rejected a swap deal for Serge Aurier
- Barcelona rate Emerson Royal but financial issues mean they are open to selling
- Spurs’ offer including Serge Aurier as part of the deal was rejected by Barcelona
- Emerson excelled during his three-season spell at Manuel Pellegrini’s Real Betis
- Tottenham had also tried to negotiate a move for Ilaix Moriba from the Catalans
Barcelona and Tottenham have reached an agreement over £25.7million fee for right-back Emerson Royal as Spurs push to sign him before tomorrow’s deadline.
The Brazil international is highly rated by Barca but their well-documented financial troubles mean they are vulnerable to offers and Tottenham are hopeful of concluding a deal for the 22-year-old.
Talks opened at the end of last week with Tottenham offering Serge Aurier in a swap deal but that was rejected by Barca who want straight cash.
Barcelona and Tottenham have reached an agreement over £25.7m fee for Emerson Royal (left)
Emerson’s exit will come as a blow to Ronald Koeman (right) but Barca are vulnerable to offers
Emerson has only just returned to the club after a three-season spell on loan with Real Betis where he excelled under Manuel Pellegrini.
He had settled in well at Barca and his departure will come as a blow to Ronald Koeman who is struggling to assess what squad he will have left.
Tottenham still hope to offload Aurier with Lille among those interested. They sold Moussa Sissoko to Watford last week which followed the departures of Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela.
Tottenham had tried to negotiate a deal for 18-year-old midfielder Ilaix Moriba also but he is close to joining Red Bull Leipzig.
Spurs offered Serge Aurier as part of the deal but the Catalans rejected that possibility
Tottenham also tried to negotiate a deal with Barca for £13m-rated midfielder Ilaix Moriba
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