Report: 22-year-old ‘very close’ to joining Spurs, announcement could be soon

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Sport have now reported that Tottenham Hotspur are close to sealing the capture of Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal after agreeing on a fee for the right-back with Barcelona.

Fabio Paratici has successfully managed to shift a lot of the deadwood from the Spurs squad this summer but one player the club have not been able to move on yet is Serge Aurier.

Despite failing to find a buyer for the Ivorian, Spurs are allegedly intent on adding another right-back to their squad before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, with Emerson at the top of their wishlist.

Sources from Spain previously claimed Tottenham had their opening offer for the 22-year-old rejected by Barcelona and could potentially return with a second bid.

It was asserted that it would take a ‘huge’ offer for Barca to even consider selling the right-back.

However, Sport have now revealed that the North London club have agreed on a fee of around €23m (£19.7m) including bonuses for the Brazilian, with the two clubs now ‘laying the foundation for an agreement’.

It is stated that Tottenham are now meeting with Emerson’s representatives to agree personal terms after getting the green light from Barca.

The report adds that Nuno Espirito Santo’s men could officially announce the right-back’s capture within the ‘next few hours’.

Journalists Fabrizio Romano and Daniele Longo have also reported that Spurs and Barca are close to reaching an agreement for Emerson.

While Romano stated that the fee discussed between the clubs is around €30m (£25.7m) but the deal is not yet done, Longo put the value of the deal at around €25m (£21.4m) and claimed that fee had been agreed.

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Signing a player of Emerson’s quality for around £25m represents excellent value for money. So, I am not surprised that Spurs have decided to get the deal done despite their inability to shift Aurier.

What this also shows is that Nuno Espirito Santo was keen to add a more attack-minded right-back to the squad and does not trust Matt Doherty to play an important role this season.

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