Tottenham Hotspur could reignite their interest in Emerson this summer, according to reports…
That’s the word from Mundo Deportivo this weekend as it’s claimed Jose Mourinho has reminded the Spurs hierarchy that he wants a new right-back like the Real Betis man.
The north Londoners pursued the 22-year-old, who is co-owned by Barcelona, back in July 2020 but could not complete a deal due to financial consequences of the global pandemic.
Instead, Spurs signed Matt Doherty from Wolves for £15m and things have not gone to plan whatsoever.
They’ll also face more competition this time around with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayer Leverkusen and AC Milan all keen on securing the defender this summer.
Mourinho could well be handed an immediate upgrade in the right-back position should Daniel Levy and the club’s hierarchy manage to secure the Betis star ahead of next season.
As of right now, he’s due to become a Barcelona player in the summer and complete his pre-season under Ronald Koeman but that could change if the Catalan giants look to cash in on him, considering they already have Sergino Dest, signed in the summer from Ajax, Sergi Roberto and out-on-loan Moussa Wague in the role already.
On the other hand, all of Spurs’ right-sided options have struggled immensely.
Doherty, brought in as a supposed more stable option to Aurier, has been usurped by the Ivorian and at times, Mourinho has lost trust in the pair of them and turned to young academy graduate Japhet Tanganga.
ESPN believe the Irishman could be put up for sale this summer if his form does not improve, something that seems unlikely with him currently out injured, whilst French newspaper La Parisien believe PSG could seek a return for Aurier.
Spurs should absolutely sell if they do come forward with an offer, too. In their recent 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane launched a scathing attack, claiming he’s a “car crash” and a “huge problem for Spurs.”
Emerson could solve this issue as he’s been one of Betis’ star performers (7.04) this campaign.
In fact, only Nabil Fekir (7.14) has managed a better average WhoScored rating and similarly, only two other players have managed to contribute more assists than the Brazilian (four).
Both Doherty and Aurier have combined for three themselves, so Emerson would certainly add a new attacking dimension to that right wing.
In addition to his creative exploits, he’s proven to be a rock-solid defensive option too, averaging a squad-high 2.8 tackles per game, and he’s not too far behind for interceptions (1.9) and clearances (2.4) either – proving to be able to read the game to a high level.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Dani Alves and Cafu, the 22-year-old dynamo would be the perfect signing to finally kiss goodbye to Aurier and upgrade one of Mourinho’s most troublesome positions.
Levy must pay whatever it takes to land the £26m-rated right-back this summer.