Report: Atletico Madrid step up bid to sign Emerson Royal in last few hours
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Report: Atletico Madrid step up bid to sign Emerson Royal in last few hours

Atletico Madrid have decided to step up their bid to sign Emerson Royal in the last few hours, with the Tottenham Hotspur star considered their top target for the right-back role, according to a report from Tuttomercatoweb.

Royal’s future has looked to be uncertain for some time following a difficult first year in England. The Brazilian certainly struggled in the early stages of his spell in North London.

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He did improve as the campaign went on. But Antonio Conte’s men are reportedly pursuing a deal for Djed Spence. And with that, it appears that Royal could well move on.

Reports previously suggested that Atleti want to sign Royal from Tottenham. And it now seems that a move has moved closer.

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Tuttomercatoweb reports that Diego Simeone’s men have made Royal their top target for that position. And in the last few hours, they have stepped up their pursuit of the 23-year-old.

The deal being discussed is a loan with an option to buy.

Atletico step up bid to sign Emerson Royal

A loan move is probably not ideal for Tottenham. Spurs parted with a significant sum to bring the former Barcelona man to the Premier League.

So they would have hoped to sell him permanently if he is going to move on.

It is a shame that the move is yet to work out. He has shown glimpses of his quality, particularly towards the latter stages of the season. Graham Roberts described one of his displays as ‘amazing‘.

But a loan move to Atletico could make a lot of sense. Simeone is known for being one of the most tactically astute coaches around. And playing for Atleti may suit Royal a lot more than being a part of Conte’s system.

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