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Spurs: Lilywhites receiving interest in Emerson Royal

Tottenham Hotspur right-back Emerson Royal is attracting some interest from clubs in Spain and Italy over a potential loan-to-buy deal in this month’s transfer window.

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It is believed the north London club would be willing to listen to offers for their Brazilian full-back this month who has borne the brunt of anger from some fans in recent weeks.

There have been reports suggesting the 23-year-old was involved in an altercation at Hotspur Way involving one of Antonio Conte’s coaching staff.

Emerson only joined Spurs in the summer of 2021, and with over three years still remaining on his deal, it seems as if his time in N17 could already be nearing its conclusion.

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And now, the reliable journalist Alasdair Gold has said on his latest YouTube video that the Lilywhites have already received some interest in the full-back from some Spanish sides:

“When it comes to Emerson Royal, I understand that there is interest from clubs in Spain and Italy for him potentially loan-to-buy deals. But that’s yet to materialise into anything concrete so far for him.”

Needing an upgrade

It has become apparent throughout his time in north London that Emerson simply does not possess the attacking quality to succeed in a Cote defence.

This is not to say Conte hasn’t provided him with sufficient opportunities. Since joining Spurs just over a year ago, Conte has awarded the Brazilian with 52 appearances across all competitions.

However, in return, Emerson has only been able to produce one goal and two assists, which has created a stark contrast to the eight assists provided by the left wing-back, Ivan Perisic, in just 24 appearances.

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But the Brazilian has spoken recently about his current situation at Spurs with the right-back suggesting his struggles are not through want of trying:

“It’s not up to me to say whether the crowd’s opinion is fair or not. There are people who pay [to watch matches], but there are many people in favour,” he said. “I do not seek to see these questions [about me]. I prefer to focus on doing my best for the club,” he told Gold.

“I prefer to dedicate myself 100% to what I can do. Sometimes things go well, sometimes they don’t, but it is not for lack of will and dedication.”

Spurs bought Emerson from Barcelona back in 2021 on the back of his spell with Real Betis which saw him provide five goals and 10 assists in 79 appearances.

But given he has provided four fewer goals and eight fewer assists in just 17 fewer games for Spurs, it is apparent the 23-year-old may not be best suited for the Premier League (via Transfermarkt).

With Italian giants Juventus previously credited with an interest, it will be intriguing to see if any of these believed Spanish suitors increase their interest over the coming weeks.