Giacomo Iacobellis has dropped an update on the future of Tottenham Hotspur right-back Emerson Royal.
In a recent post on Twitter, the TuttoMercatoWeb journalist revealed that, following a number of reports linking the defender with a move to Atletico Madrid this summer, the LaLiga side are now in negotiations with Spurs regarding a deal for the 23-year-old.
Previous reports have also claimed that Antonio Conte would be willing to part with the Brazil international ahead of Tottenham’s 2022/23 campaign, with a figure of €25m (£22m) believed to be enough for Fabio Paratici to sanction the full-back’s sale in the summer transfer window.
In his tweet, Iacobellis said: “Atletico Madrid negotiates with Tottenham for the transfer with the purchase option of Emerson Royal.”
While Emerson is undoubtedly a player who boasts a considerable amount of potential, considering his below-par debut campaign at Spurs last time out, in addition to the fact that the defender is more suited to playing on the right of a back four than at wing-back, Iacobellis’ latest update regarding the Brazilian’s future is sure to have left Tottenham supporters buzzing.
Indeed, over his 31 Premier League appearances in 2021/22, the £35m-rated talent offered little going forwards, scoring one goal, registering one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, as well as missing two big chances of his own.
The £62k-per-week full-back did return more impressive numbers in a defensive capacity, helping his side keep five clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 0.7 interceptions, 2.3 tackles, 2.5 clearances and winning 5.4 duels – at a success rate of 55% – per game.
And, with Conte also having the option of Matt Doherty at wing-back – who scored two goals, provided four assists and created three big chances over 16 fewer league outings than Emerson – as well as Tottenham being reported to be in talks for Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence – who bagged two goals, registered five assists and created six big chances over 42 Championship appearances for Nottingham Forest last season – it is easy to see why the Italian would be willing to let Emerson leave this summer.
As such, Iacobellis’ claim that Atletico are now in talks for the 23-year-old is undoubtedly good news for both the player and club, as a parting of ways this summer would very much look to suit both parties.