Barcelona News | Emerson Royal, a right-back from Real Betis, has signed a contract with Barcelona that extends until 2024. Both Barca and Betis had co-owned the Brazilian, and the two had joined forces to bring the 22-year-old to La Liga in 2019.
The Blaugrana have officially exercised their option to acquire the player outright for €9 million (£8 million/$11 million), after Goal reported on May 29 that a deal was close.
“FC Barcelona has notified Real Betis Balompie that they are exercising their right to bring back Emerson Royal from July 1 following two seasons on loan at the Andalusian club,” a Barca statement read on Wednesday.
Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Junior, commonly known as Emerson Royal, was born on January 14, 1999, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is an aggressive right-back who will play for the Brazilian national team in the 2017 Copa America.
“The Brazilian defender will provide pace and an offensive dimension to the right flank, having scored five goals and contributed ten assists with Betis since a three-way deal featuring Atletico Mineiro was signed in January 2019.
“It’s a three-year deal,” Emerson stated earlier this week. They’ve always stated that they expect me to return next season. For a footballer, having this kind of recognition is fantastic.
“I’m happy since it’s a club I’ve wanted to play for since I first started playing football.” It means a lot to me to be recognized in this way. Every player aspires to be a part of the Barcelona team. I’d want to go there and show what I’m capable of, as well as establish myself in my current position.”
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Sergino Dest has established himself as Ronald Koeman’s first-choice right-back, so Emerson Royal will have to struggle to dethrone the USA international.
Sergi Roberto has frequently stepped in on the right side of the defense, but Emerson’s presence has further fueled speculation that the 29-year-old La Masia graduate might be moved this summer.
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