Spanish club ‘willing to pay’ €25m for Tottenham star ‘going’ this summer

Date published: Saturday 9th April 2022 1:11 - Lewis Oldham

Tottenham right-back Royal

According to reports, Atletico Madrid are ‘willing to pay’ €25m for Tottenham Hotspur defender Emerson Royal this summer.

The right-back signed for Spurs from Spanish giants FC Barcelona last summer.

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He was previously linked with Arsenal but he opted to join Tottenham for €31m (£26m).

Royal has been criticised for his performances this season as he has struggled since moving to England.

Earlier this week, he admitted that he “didn’t want to leave” Barcelona last summer. 

Fichajes are reporting that Royal is ‘going to be one of the players who leaves Tottenham Hotspur’ this summer.

Atletico Madrid ‘would be willing’ to meet Spurs’ €25m asking price but they will look to ‘reduce this figure considerably’.

Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard thinks Harry Kane can find happiness at Tottenham rather than needing a career quick fix:

Spurs kept hold of their leading marksman despite Manchester City’s £100million bid last summer.

Kane initially told Spurs he wanted to leave but City’s attempts to sign him ended in failure and the England skipper has scored 33 goals for club and country this term.

Gerrard had opportunities to leave Liverpool, most notably for Chelsea in 2005 after winning the Champions League, but stayed at Anfield until 2015.

The 41-year-old only went on to win the FA Cup and League Cup with Liverpool before joining LA Galaxy and feels any silverware at Spurs would mean more to Kane.

“I admire his loyalty to Tottenham and, of course, I’m sure it’s been tempting for him on many occasions to go and take one of those options,” he said, ahead of Spurs’ trip to Villa Park on Saturday.

“The Spurs fans should enjoy him and admire the loyalty he’s given them. You can see a guy who is desperate for success with Tottenham and I have a lot of admiration for that.

“He might still have the opportunity to achieve a couple of things in his career which might mean more to him with Tottenham than anyone else because of what Tottenham have also given the player.

“That’s what it boiled down to with me. The decision was, yes I could go to three or four teams in a foreign country or a couple domestically who maybe have a better chance of winning.

“But winning something with your team, the one you love and the supporters you love, I think that will mean more to him for the rest of his life than a short-term fix.”

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