Emerson, in the air

Barça will pay Betis the nine million to get it back, but it is not clear whether to sell it to make a relative business (it would only take 50% of the transfer) or keep it.


Barça has not yet made a final decision with Emerson Royal (1-14-1999), a Brazilian full-back who half-signed with Betis and who ends his two-season loan at the Verdiblanco club on June 30. To keep it in property, the Barça club will have to pay nine million to Betis, which has 'made it fat' these two years in LaLiga. Then, when you have it in property, you will have to decide between selling it or keeping it in the first team. Of any sale, Betis would keep 50 percent, so there would be no excessive enrichment for a player who has a value of 25 million euros according to the specialized website Transfermarkt; and that it still has room for travel. There is speculation with an offer of about 25 million from the PSG.

The Barça coaches have followed Emerson's progress with interest and great pleasure since he arrived at LaLiga. From early on he showed that he is a competitive player. He did not need months of adaptation to be a starter at Betis, with whom he has 62 official matches. In the 2019-20 season, he scored three goals and gave six assists in 34 games. This season has similar numbers: two goals and four decisive passes in 28 games. There is still time to match them. Along the way, Emerson has also improved defensive concepts and conveys more security. He has shown that, in addition to being a player on the road, he can be a side of certain reliability in a defense of four.

Koeman may want to observe the player next summer ... if he can. Emerson can be called up for the Tokyo Games with Brazil, with whose Olympic team he has played the last matches despite having made his senior debut in 2019 in a friendly. In any case, Koeman will have to decide if he makes room for him in the squad. In principle, Dest could be assumed to be a plug. And Sergi Roberto is also in that position. But it is true that the performance of Reus has decreased in a year of injuries.

Koeman's new 3-4-2-1 can also weigh. Sergiño Dest and Alba are indisputable, but Emerson is a pure winger and his presence in the squad would allow Dest to send the band in a game and give Alba a rest, who plays practically everything due to the lack of confidence in Junior and for whom the years also go by. A good performance of the L'Hospitalet side will also require keeping it cool during the course. The final decision, on which Mateo Alemany will have to see but in which the reports that Ramon Planes has been preparing will also have weight, will be taken in the coming months.

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