Tottenham have confirmed that they have completed the deadline day signing of defender Emerson Royal.
The Brazil right-back joins Spurs from Spanish giants Barcelona in a deal worth approximately €30million (£26.7million) and he has penned a five-year contract in north London.
Emerson, who will travel to England later this week and doesn’t have to quarantine, is to wear the number 12 shirt at Spurs.
A fee was agreed with the Catalan giants overnight, with Emerson himself then agreeing on personal terms and undergoing a medical with Spurs.
The 22-year-old leaves Barcelona having made just three appearances for the club. He was officially announced as a Blaugrana player in 2019, moving from Atletico Mineiro, in what was then a deal secured alongside fellow La Liga outfit Real Betis.
He spent the last two-and-a-half seasons in Andalusia, racking up 79 appearances for Betis before Barcelona purchased him outright this summer.
Emerson had appeared on three occasions for the club so far this season, one of those outings being a start, but Barca have been forced to cash in due to their poor financial situation – an aspect that has also seen Lionel Messi depart the Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window.
The right-back can link up immediately with his new Tottenham teammates having been omitted from Brazil’s recent international squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers. He was previously part of the squad that reached the Copa America final earlier this summer.
In all, Emerson becomes Tottenham’s fifth addition of what has been an extremely busy window for new managing director of football Fabio Paratici.
He becomes the second defender to have been signed by the club this summer following the arrival of Cristian Romero from Atalanta. Meanwhile, Spurs have also completed deals for the likes of Pierluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil and Pape Matar Sarr.
Emerson will be competing with Serge Aurier, Matt Doherty and Japhet Tanganga for a starting berth in north London, assuming they all remain at the club once deadline day is over.