After Sergio Agüero and Eric Garcia, FC Barcelona formalized a third recruit with the arrival of Emerson Royal, on whom the club exercised its right of recovery after loaning him to Betis in January 2019.
Barça does not stop anymore. The club announced its third recruit in as many days, this Wednesday with the signing of Emerson Royal (22), after those of Sergio Agüero on Monday, then Eric Garcia on Tuesday. The club exercised their buyout right from Real Betis, which the player joined in January 2019 immediately after joining Barca from Atlético Mineiro, in “a three-stripe deal”.
“FC Barcelona have communicated to Real Betis Balompié that they are exercising their right to recover Emerson Royal, who has been on loan for the past two seasons to the Andalusian team, from July 1,” the club’s statement said.
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Emerson has signed two and a half convincing seasons with the Andalusian club (79 games), including the last where he was the most used player in the squad ahead of Guido Rodríguez and Nabil Fekir. The full-back has the fourth-best total of assists for a defender in the last two seasons in La Liga (10) behind Jordi Alba (20), Jesús Navas (16) and Kieran Trippier (11), the Catalan club boasts in a statement .
Barça is wasting no time to strengthen at a lower cost. And it may not be over since Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay, at the end of contracts at Liverpool and Lyon, are strongly expected to swell the ranks of the workforce of Ronald Koeman, who could remain on the bench.
Stuck in a serious financial crisis and subject to an audit, Barça wants to recruit smart while strengthening in his quest, in particular, to convince Lionel Messi to extend his contract, even if Joan Laporta, president of the club, left. defended Tuesday. “With Leo it’s not a question of money, assured the manager. He is very understanding and he wants to continue to have a competitive team and win titles. I insist and I said Monday: none no recruitments are being made in relation to these negotiations with Messi. “