According to The Telegraph’s Matt Law, Barcelona were surprised by the fee that Tottenham paid for Emerson Royal in the summer.
Spurs completed the signing of Emerson from Barcelona on transfer deadline day, just months after the Catalonian club exercised the buy-back clause inserted when sending him to Real Betis in 2019.
Ronald Koeman’s side decided to make a profit by selling him to Spurs, with the two clubs agreeing on a fee of £25.8m plus £4.3m in add-ons.
The Brazilian did show some promise in his first few months in North London but he has struggled going forward since Antonio Conte arrived at Spurs and adopted a new system.
The 22-year-old’s crossing has left a lot to be desired and, if reports are to be believed, Conte has prioritised a deal for Adama Traore this month, with the Italian wanting to convert the Wolves man into a right wing-back.
Law has now revealed that Traore is one of Spurs’ top targets in January, with Wolves demanding £20m for the Spaniard.
The journalist also explains that Conte is not completely convinced by Emerson and adds that Barcelona ‘still cannot believe’ that Spurs paid £25.8m for him in the summer.
Spurs Web Opinion
I always had my reservations about Emerson operating as right-wing-back but some of the criticism that the 22-year-old has been getting over recent weeks has been too harsh.
I believe he is a very competent right-back in a back four (for which he was signed) but does not quite offer enough going forward to operate as a wing-back.
Even if Spurs were to move to Brazilian in the summer, we would likely be able to recoup the majority of the fee we paid for him.
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