Barcelona will reportedly raid Arsenal for an Emerson Royal replacement if the Catalan club sell the Brazilian to Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to sign another new defender before this summer’s deadline, and has identified right-back as a position that needs strengthening.
Even though Japhet Tanganga has performed well in the role since the start of the new Premier League season, the out of favour Serge Aurier could well leave the club, while Matt Doherty also doesn’t seem part of Espirito Santo’s plans despite regularly playing for him at Wolves.
Royal has spent the last couple of seasons on loan at Real Betis, impressing under Manuel Pellegrini. His performances have attracted interest from both north London clubs, but according to Sky Sports, the player’s preference is to join Spurs ahead of the Gunners.
Sky Sports have also reported that the Lilywhites have tabled a bid of £25.7million (€30million) to Barcelona for his services, with the La Liga giants keen to offload him in order to help rebalance their books.
However, according to the Mirror, via the Express, if Royal does end up moving to Spurs, Barcelona could turn their attention to Hector Bellerin.
Formerly of the La Masia academy, Bellerin spent his childhood years playing for the Catalan outfit before moving to Hale End as a teenager.
He has spent over a decade with the Gunners, but is reportedly keen to move on after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta.
Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares have both been preferred to Bellerin ahead of the right-back in Arsenal’s opening three defeats of the Premier League season, and it seems as though Arteta doesn’t intend to use the 26-year-old as a starter in the future.
Source by Football London