Atletico Madrid 'interested in signing Emerson Royal from Tottenham'
Atletico Madrid ‘interested in signing Emerson Royal from Tottenham’… as the Spanish giants reignite their long-term pursuit of the Brazilian right-back – who only joined Spurs last summer
- Atletico Madrid wanted to sign Royal last season before he joined Tottenham
- The 23-year-old made a total of 44 appearances in his debut season for Spurs
- Royal was part of the Spurs side which secured Champions League football
Atletico Madrid are reportedly interested in signing Emerson Royal from Tottenham in the summer transfer window.
Royal joined Spurs from Barcelona in July in a £25.8million deal and made 44 appearances in his debut season for the Premier League club.
The Brazilian right-back enjoyed a resurgence under Antonio Conte and became a mainstay of the Tottenham team which secured Champions League football with a fourth-placed finish.
According to Sky Sports, Atletico have reignited their interest in Royal, who they wanted to sign last summer.
The Spanish giants are seeking reinforcements in defence after losing Kieran Trippier to Newcastle for an initial £12million.
Royal is under contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2026 so is likely to command a considerable fee should the club choose to sell.
The Brazilian (right) was a key member of the Spurs side which finished fourth last season
The 23-year-old recently found himself at the centre of a gunfight and attempted armed robbery in Brazil.
Royal was on holiday with family and friends in his native country when a man pointed a gun at him and demanded his belongings.
At the time, the Tottenham star was taking photos with an off-duty police officer, who subsequently followed the armed man before drawing his gun and opening fire on the thief.
Royal escaped unhurt but he said he had feared for his life. Officials in Brazil believe the expensive watch he was wearing in the picture taken with the police officer could be the reason why he was targeted.
Royal, 23, made a total of 44 appearances for Spurs in his debut season in England
Diego Simeone had wanted to sign Royal from Barcelona last summer but he joined Spurs
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