Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur are still busy strengthening the squad ahead of the close of the transfer window tomorrow. Right fullback has been a target since the window opened and it looks like Spurs are extremely close to landing one, this according to Fabrizio Romano.
Tottenham and Barcelona have reached an agreement for Emerson Royal on a permanent move for €30m add ons included. ⚪️ #THFC #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2021
Emerson has accepted Spurs as next club - still details pending on personal terms to complete the deal. Talks ongoing.
This went from “rumor” to “it’s happening” in just a few days. Royal wanted to stay at Barcelona initially but it’s clear that United States international Sergino Dest is the top pick for the position. Spurs have been playing Japhet Tanganga at right back and, while he’s been solid, getting Royal appears to be a move to strengthen the attack.
There are rumors that Everton are interested in getting one of Matt Doherty or Serge Aurier which opens the door to bring Royal into the mix. This may allow Tanganga to slot into right center back when Spurs play a back three, given his versatility. He’ll also be in the rotation on that side, one would expect given his performances so far.
Emerson is just 22 years old as well, meaning Spurs can get much younger and better at the right fullback position with this move. We’re fully in “nobody move” territory as the final details on personal terms are being worked out, but we’re now expecting him to head to London to complete his medical and get him announced before the deadline closes.