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Atletico Madrid look to make fresh bid for Tottenham full-back Emerson Royal – but Spurs have no intention of selling
- Emerson Royal arrived at Tottenham last summer from Barcelona for £25m
- The full-back struggled for form but Spurs are keen on keeping him around
- Atletico Madrid have been keen on bringing Emerson back to Spain
Atletico Madrid are keen on Tottenham right back Emerson Royal – but Spurs have no intention to sell despite his struggles for form in his first season in England.
Emerson joined Spurs for £25m from Barcelona last summer as one of Nuno Espirito Santo’s summer purchases but despite appearing 44 times across all competitions last season struggled to impose himself in a difficult first campaign.
Atletico are now keen to bring the Brazil international back to Spain but thrashing out a deal is far from certain with the north London club.
Emerson Royal struggled during a mixed first season at Tottenham Hotspur
Cash-strapped Atletico would prefer at the very least an initial loan deal but it now seems Tottenham are not willing to do business with regards to the full back.
Poor performances led to Emerson losing his place later on in the season following the arrival of manager Antonio Conte, with the upsurge in form of Matt Doherty also contributing to his drop to the bench.
Emerson had fallen out of favour under Antonio Conte before a late season recall to the side
The Brazilian’s best form came after his recall as he celebrates sealing a top four finish
However a season-ending injury for the Irishman saw Emerson recalled to the starting XI and he finished the season strongly to help Conte’s men snatch a top four spot in the Premier League on the final day of the season.
Atletico’s pursuit could be further complicated by their reported struggles to register players next season.
The Madrid based outfit are unable to register new signing Axel Witsel having exceeded their salary limit by £86million.
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has admitted his side is chasing a new right back
The club’s president Enrique Cerezo recently appeared to confirm the signing of Witsel on a free transfer following his release by Borussia Dortmund.
However confirmation of his arrival has not been forthcoming.
‘We already have a midfielder. It’s Witsel who, as you all know, is practically a done deal and we’re still looking for a full-back,’ he told reporters.