Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on another signing before Tuesday’s 11pm deadline…
The north London outfit have made no fewer than three new additions this summer and according to renowned Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, they are close to agreeing on a deal to sign Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal.
“Tottenham and Barcelona are now close to reach an agreement for Emerson, as per @gbsans. Fee will be around €30m but negotiations are not completed yet,” he tweeted.
“Serge Aurier won’t be involved in the deal. Personal terms [are] still to be agreed. NO negotiations for Moriba [to] Spurs.”
And whilst the Ivory Coast international will not be heading in the other direction, his future could still lie away from N17, as per football.london’s Alasdair Gold.
“If they do sign Emerson then it’s because they are able to get at least one [Aurier or Matt Doherty] out the door,” he claimed.
This news will be music to the ears of many as the arrival of the Brazilian international would surely spell the end for Aurier, who earlier in the summer made his intentions to leave Spurs very clear.
In an interview with French publication L’Equipe in May, he said: “Everyone knows that if I wanted to extend my contract at Tottenham, I’d have already done so. I’m not going to do that in six months’ time. I’ve experienced the Premier League and a Champions League final. I’ve reached the end of a cycle and it’s time to look elsewhere.”
Aurier’s time in north London has been marred by a combination of disciplinary issues off-the-pitch and plenty of below-par performances on it.
During the country’s first lockdown, the 28-year-old was fined for breaching the government’s regulations after he was spotted getting a haircut on social media.
Whilst after Spurs’ Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City, a game in which he started and played the entire duration, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher lambasted his display.
“Aurier is maybe one of the biggest liabilities in Premier League football and is a player who would possibly put you off management with the amount of crazy decision he makes,” he claimed, via talkSPORT.
Not only is Emerson a younger option at 22, but he appears to be a much more reliable option on the flank, having excelled for Real Betis over the past two seasons.
As per WhoScored, the £22.5m-rated dynamo has provided four goals and ten assists since the start of the 2019/20 La Liga season, whilst he averaged a whopping 2.7 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and one key pass per game last term alone.
Aurier is yet to play under Nuno Santo, with Japhet Tanganga ahead of him in the pecking order and by comparison, he averaged fewer interceptions and key passes, as well as racking up 1.2 fouls per Premier League outing (joint-second most in Spurs’ squad).
Therefore, on the above evidence, many around north London will undoubtedly see Emerson’s arrival as a major positive in moving the often calamitous Aurier on before tomorrow’s deadline.
This update should leave plenty of fans absolutely thrilled.
AND in other news, Fabio Paratici dealt Spurs transfer blow over £22.5m-rated “young Pogba”…