Barcelona confirm signing of Emerson from Atletico Mineiro
La Liga giants Barcelona have confirmed an agreement for the transfer of Emerson. The player will officially join the club on 1st of July, 2019.
The fee is agreed to be about €12m and the Brazilian will be signing for the next five years, that means he will be a Barcelona player through to the end of 2023/24 season.
There have been few Premier League clubs – including Liverpool and Arsenal, who were interested in the player, but the Catalans have managed to get him, which should be considered as a good move.
Emerson is predominantly a right-back and likened to Dani Alves in Brazil. Before Atletico Mineiro, he used to play for Ponte Preta from the city of Campinas.
He has represented Brazil in youth levels, and is currently doing so in the U-20 South American Championship.
In terms of the playing style, he is an attack-minded fullback who loves to go forward and support the attacks. He possesses the pace to recover well and help the defence out, when required.
The 20-year-old has the flair in his game as well, just like all Brazilian footballers have. If need be, he can shoot from long range as well – just to warn the defenders that they cannot give him time and space with the ball.
All in all, he is a kind of player who would fit into the Barcelona system seamlessly.