According to a report from Spanish media outlet Sport [via HITC], Newcastle are among four Premier League clubs in the hunt to sign Barcelona-owned right-back Emerson, who is currently on loan at Real Betis.
Sport claimed that the Magpies, along with West Ham, Everton and Tottenham, have contacted the Catalan giants about a possible move for the 21-year-old, with Barcelona reportedly willing to sell him if they receive an offer of €20m (£18m) or more. The Camp Nou club would need to pay Real Betis an additional €6m (£5.25m) to keep the player permanently due to their co-ownership. The transfer update was later shared on Twitter by @NUFC360.
#NUFC have contacted Barcelona over Emerson.
The RB is currently on loan at Betis, & for Barca to keep him permanently because of their co-ownership, they need to pay €6m to Betis.
Barca are willing to take this step if they receive an offer over €20m for the Brazilian. [Sport] pic.twitter.com/LkGgGa9PYs
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) April 24, 2020
Emerson has scored three goals and set up another five in 24 games on loan in Seville this season, although he has yet to feature for Barcelona since his transfer from Atletico Mineiro last year. The right-back has won 2.1 tackles per game in La Liga this term and draws an average of 2.6 fouls per game from opponents (as per WhoScored).
These Newcastle fans on Twitter had mixed views on the club’s reported links with the Brazilian defender, with some feeling he would be a shrewd signing and others rather unconvinced about the probability of such a transfer. Here is a flavour of the reaction from some of the St James’ Park faithful:
Would 100% take this
— Alex W (@WesterosMagpie) April 24, 2020
Would be banging
— charliegilmour (@charliegilmou13) April 24, 2020
This would be a great addition
— 🇸🇦جاك (@J4CK_NUFC) April 24, 2020
Not needed. We have @yedlinny.
— Matt Batty 🧔 (@MattyJBatty) April 25, 2020
— Josset (@JossetDiaz) April 24, 2020
Who exactly is contacting? The takeover hasn’t even happened?
— Announce OIL (@TCMATT1) April 25, 2020
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