Speaking on live TV on Tuesday evening (via Football Daily), Sky Sports reporter Paul Gilmour confirmed news out of Tottenham Hotspur by hailing the ‘great announcement’ of defender Emerson Royal on deadline day.
The Lowdown: Paratici era begins…
It was quite the eventful summer transfer market for Spurs as managing director Fabio Paratici gets his new era well and truly underway.
The Italian transfer chief’s first window saw plenty of arrivals and outgoings at N17 with a grand total of five new signings and eight permanent exits (Transfermarkt).
Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier, Joe Hart, Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Sissoko, Danny Rose, Paulo Gazzaniga and Erik Lamela were shown the door while the likes of Pieluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil, Cristian Romero, Pape Matar Sarr all arrived in their stead.
In a last minute deadline day move, Spurs confirmed their fifth capture as Emerson Royal arrives from Barcelona.
The Latest: Sky at training ground for last minute Spurs signing…
Speaking live on Sky Sports, Gilmour relayed that news out of Spurs as the club announced the defender’s acquisition in a deadline day move.
The journalist also praised their PR surrounding his arrival, calling the signing announcement ‘great’.
“Emerson Royal is a Tottenham player, it is official,” he said.
“They say they are delighted to announce the arrival of a ‘new royal’, of course it’s a great announcement from Tottenham.
“Please welcome London’s newest royal, Emerson Royal.”
The Verdict: Good move…
While there are some question marks surrounding the 22-year-old, you could argue that his age and price, said to be around £25.7 million, is a snip considering his potential and sell-on value.
As defender Serge Aurier terminates his contract at Tottenham, you could argue that the Lilywhites have a very able replacement in the former Real Betis star.
In other news: Spurs chiefs left over N17 exit gaffe as Alasdair Gold drops behind the scenes reveal, find out more here.
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