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Tottenham interested in Barcelona defender Emerson Royal

Tottenham are interested in Barcelona defender Emerson Royal.

Estadio Deportivo says Spurs are among a number of potential suitors interested in taking on the player, who currently plays his football at Real Betis.

The Catalan giants are keen to sell the 22-year-old and have put a £21million (€25m) price tag on the Brazilian.

Barca currently own 50 per cent of the player but have the option to purchase another 30 per cent from Betis if they so wish.

But Betis, who would like to keep him, cannot afford to sign him permanently due to lack of funds.

Emerson's current deal with Betis runs until the end of the season, when Barcelona will have the option to sign him for £5.2m.

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