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Emerson Royal transfer fee: The strange contract in one transfer market

Emerson Royal transfer fee

Emerson Royal transfer fee – Emerson is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for club Tottenham Hotspur and the Brazil national team. He is also one of the players with the most strange career. He experienced 2 times changing two destinations in just the same transfer window. Follow the Emerson Royal transfer news article below to learn more about this issue.

General information about Emerson Royal

Emerson Royal

Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Junior (born 14 January 1999), known by the nickname Emerson Royal or simply Emerson, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Tottenham Hotspur club and the Brazilian national team.

He was born in Sao Paulo and raised in Americana, Sao Paulo. Emerson joined the Ponte Preta youth team in 2014, after representing Palmeiras, Sao Paulo, and Gremio. He made his senior debut on 22 February 2017, replacing the injured Arthur in a 2–2 Campeonato Paulista draw against Linense. Three days later he went on to play again in a 1–0 home loss to Sao Bernardo.

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Emerson Royal transfer fee & news

Emerson Royal transfer fee and news

Join Tottenham Hotspur

In the transfer window last summer of 2021, Tottenham club and Arsenal are two teams in a fierce race to recruit Emerson. Initially, Arsenal offered to exchange Bellerin + 10 million euros, but the Barcelona board wanted more cash.

So they decided to sell the Brazilian right-back to Tottenham after Spurs offered an Emerson Royal transfer fee of 25 million euros. However, the Blaugrana will not receive this full amount but must deduct 5 million euros from Emerson’s former team Real Betis, according to the terms of the contract when buying this player two months ago.

A way to handle Barcelona’s financial difficulties

A way to handle Barcelona's financial difficulties

Emerson was highly appreciated by Barca, but the club’s difficult financial situation forced him to be sold to Tottenham even though he had only used the Brazilian player three times. Coach Koeman was displeased greatly by this choice taken by the Barca leadership. 

He who signed a five-year deal with Spurs, is expected to take over as this team’s starting right-back. With the addition of this defense, players like Matt Doherty or Serge Aurier may have to settle for a reserve position at Tottenham.

What is very surprising is that the player has actually only played for 3 weeks at Barcelona. Although he joined Barca in 2019, he joined as a double transfer between Barca and Real Betis. And both seasons Barca has loaned Betis Emerson. In June, Barca decided to bring Emerson back and pay Betis 6 million euros. Emerson has just played 90 minutes for Barca and is now on his way to London to prepare to join Tottenham.

Emerson Royal transfer history

Emerson Royal transfer history

Ponte Preta

Emerson joined the Ponte Preta youth team in 2014. After appearing in the reserve team, he made his first-team debut for Ponte Preta on 22 February 2017, in a 2–2 draw against Linense. Emerson made his Brazilian league debut for Ponte Preta on 5 November 2017, against Bahia.

He scored his first professional goal for Ponte Preta on 2 April 2018, a goal in the Campeonato Paulista does Interior final against Mirassol.

Atlético Mineiro

at Atlético Mineiro

On 27 April 2018, Emerson Royal signed a five-year contract with Atletico Mineiro club for transfer fee of €1.18m. Emerson made his Atletico Mineiro debut on 19 May 2018, in a 1–0 win over Cruzeiro.

Having played for Atletico Mineiro for a season, Emerson made 23 appearances in all competitions for the club and scored 1 goal.


at Barcelona

On 31 January 2019, Atletico Mineiro announced the transfer of Emerson Royal to Barcelona, with a contract effective from July 2019, for the Emerson Royal transfer fee of €12.00m. The agreement includes a joint financing operation between Barcelona and Real Betis, in which each club pays half of the transfer fee.

Emerson became a Real Betis player in July 2019, with Barcelona having the option to buy back Emerson for €6.0m in 2021. On June 2, 2021, Barcelona exercised a buy option on Emerson and he made just three appearances for Barcelona in the 2021/22 season, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur.


Tottenham Hotspurs

On the last day of the summer 2021 transfer window, Tottenham signed a five-year contract, for an Emerson Royal transfer fee of €25.8 million. He made his Premier League debut for Tottenham in an away game against Crystal Palace on 11 September 2021. He scored his first Tottenham goal in a 5-1 win over Newcastle United. At the end of his first season at Tottenham, Emerson made a total of 41 appearances in all competitions for the club and scored one goal.

Brazilian team

Emerson played for Brazil U20 and U23. He made his Brazil debut on November 19, 2019, in a 3–0 win over South Korea.

On 11 June 2021, Emerson was shortlisted by coach Tite for the 2021 Copa América. He made his tournament debut in Brazil’s 4–0 win in Brazil’s second match against Peru.

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