Premier League heavyweights Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to part ways with Emerson Royal, one year after signing him for £26 million.
According to an exclusive report by The Sun, Emerson Royal’s spell with Tottenham Hotspur could end less than a year after arriving in a £26 million deal from Barcelona. The Brazilian defender has fallen out of favour with Antonio Conte lately.
Emerson Royal has endured a topsy turvy ride since arriving in Europe from Brazil three years ago. The Brazilian was superb during his stint with Real Betis but did not get a chance to impress upon moving to Camp Nou last summer. The Blaugrana chose to offload him for a quick profit, selling him to Tottenham Hotspur in a £26 million deadline day move.
But Emerson has struggled to make an impression at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, even though he has spent most of the 2021/22 campaign as Spurs’ first-choice right-back. The 23-year-old has turned out 33 times across all competitions for Tottenham this term, chipping in with one assist in the process.
But after a disastrous performance against Middlesbrough, Emerson has become completely out of favour with Antonio Conte. Instead, the Tottenham manager has chosen to give Matt Doherty a second chance, with the Irish defender being impressive in his recent outings, including in the 5-0 thrashing of Everton earlier this week.
Emerson is thus staring at a highly uncertain future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the report suggesting that Spurs would be willing to listen to offers in the summer transfer window. That essentially renders the Brazilian international a £26 million flop for the north London club.
While the report by The Sun does not mention whether any club has shown an interest in Emerson, it seems likely that the former Real Betis defender will leave Tottenham less than a year after arriving from Barcelona.
Tottenham’s stance also makes sense because they have been heavily linked with several right-backs lately. Widespread reports have even claimed that Spurs are leading the race to sign Djed Spence, a highly sought-after English full-back. As for Emerson, it remains to be seen what the future holds for him after falling below Matt Doherty in the pecking order at Tottenham.