FC Barcelona has secured the signing of Brazilian full-back Emerson in a €12 million switch from Atletico Mineiro, with the player set to join the La Liga champions in the summer.
The 20-year-old will join the Catalan giants on a five-year deal that goes through the 2023-24 season when he officially moves to Camp Nou on July 1 2019.
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Emerson has played one season at Mineiro scoring only one goal and adding an assist in his 23 cap for the Brazilian outfit, who finished sixth in the top-flight in 2018. The right-back has also played at a number of different youth levels for Brazil, and is currently playing at the South American U20 Championship in Chile.
In Brazil, Emerson has been likened to former Barça star Dani Alves, being the typical Brazilian wing-back who likes to go forward and support the attack. Not only does Emerson cause constant woe for opposing wingers, but he is also able to provide pinpoint passes to his forwards. He’s quick both and off the ball, and has all the flair one would expect of a Brazilian when he has it as his feet.
Indeed, just the kind of player who should slot nicely into the Barça scheme of things. And this is best exemplified by the way he likes to get the ball out from the back – operating in close liaison with his team-mates on the basis of short passes, gradually working his way up the field in pursuit of the moment to make the killer pass.
Preceding his switch to Barcelona, Emerson will join La Liga side Real Betis on loan for the rest of the season.