Everton receive a huge transfer boost as Barcelona are open to cashing in on Emerson.
Everton were recently associated with the name of Barcelona full back Emerson who is on loan at Real Betis. The Brazilian has attracted a lot of attention after his impressive stint at Betis, also earning the nickname of being the next Dani Alves.
The Catalan club jointly acquired the youngster’s services with Real Betis from Atletico Miniero after he set the Brazilian Serie A on fire with his dominant performances in the right back position. Blaugrana loaned him out instantly to Real Betis where he could continue his progress and get regular playing minutes, something he wouldn’t at Barcelona.
Emerson has so far lived up to the expectations, piling up amazing performances one after the other for Los Verdiblancos. People at Barcelona were convinced that he is the future of the club in the right back position. However, then came the shocking news when Barcelona could be selling Emerson to generate funds and save the club from a precarious financial situation.
When the news broke, clubs across Europe sensed an exciting opportunity to swoop one of the brightest prospects in the European football scene. Borussia Dortmund, Everton and Newcastle United were some of the names regularly whispered in the media.
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According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have made their decision of cashing in on the right back. The Brazilian who was touted as the next Dani Alves of Barcelona will now be sold to balance the financial books of the club.
While this could be disheartening news for avid and loyal Barcelona fans, it is joyful news for Evertonians. The 21 year old is a speedster capable of filling any role on the right flank. Right back, right wing back, right winger, Emerson has featured in almost every role in the past couple of years and has looked comfortable.
Speed is his greatest asset which makes him an attacking threat going forward as well as covering the defence by tracking back opponents. He has 3 goals and 5 assists in 29 La Liga games, justifying the danger he possesses going forward. Defensively, he is a robust tackler indulging himself in challenges to recover balls from the opponent, averaging 2.2 tackles per game. He is fleet footed as well, using the quickness of his feet to deceive players, making 1.3 dribbles per 90 minutes. (stats via whoscored)
All in all, Everton must be cheerful that Barcelona are willing to sell Emerson. However, beating Newcastle United, Dortmund and bunch of other clubs won’t be easy. It remains to be seen who draws the first blood in the transfer battle but the Toffees do have a solid chance of landing the Brazilian.
Will Emerson end up at Goodison Park?