BARCELONA – Emerson became the third signing of Barcelona this Wednesday, which officially announced that it had made effective the right to recover the Brazilian footballer who played the last two and a half seasons on loan at Betis. Emerson, 22, joins Sergio Agüero and Eric García for the moment, although at the Camp Nou it is not ruled out that another addition could be announced this week.
Right back with a great offensive projection, Emerson has added 79 official matches with Betis, achieving excellent regularity under the command of Manuel Pellegrini, who before finishing the course transferred to the Andalusian club’s sports management his desire to continue counting on him, to which Barcelona responded negatively, taking for granted two months ago their intention to add him to the Barça squad.
Concentrated today with the Brazilian team, Emerson arrived at Betis in January 2019 in a joint operation with Barça, paying both clubs 6 million euros at the time and Barcelona reserving an option for 9 million after their first two campaigns, so that the final amount of the transfer will be 15 million.
IN SEARCH OF THE NEW ALVES
The incorporation of Emerson becomes the latest episode of a Barcelona that since 2016 has been looking for a successor at the level of Dani Alves without having worked until today. Failed the bet of an Aleix Vidal that was never a competition for Alves, in 2017 Barça signed Nelson Semedo, who after three seasons left the club and transferred to Wolverhampton.
Among all this was Sergi Roberto, whose continuity at the Camp Nou is not at all assured, who converted from the center of the field got used to playing in the position with both Luis Enrique and Valverde and even Quique Setién, before in September In 2020, the signing of Sergiño Dest was considered the end of a search that, however, did not meet expectations.
Since June 2015, Barcelona has invested 60 million euros in reinforcing a position that in the opinion of the sports area is still lame and that is expected to be solved with Emerson, direct competition for a Dest that in ten months will have gone from being that future winger called to be indisputable to be singled out despite coming under the aegis of Ronald Koeman.