TOTTENHAM have confirmed their £26million move for Barcelona defender Emerson Royal on a five-year deal with a brilliant Buckingham Palace ‘Royal Baby’ meme.
Spurs have paid £21m up front for the Brazilian right-back, 22, with a further £5m to be paid in add-ons.
Emerson has signed a five-year contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and will wear the No12 shirt most-recently worn by Joe Hart.
Taking to Twitter, Spurs wrote: “Please welcome London’s newest Royal, @Emerson_Royal22”.
And in a separate post, Tottenham mocked up an image of the news being displayed outside Buckingham Palace, much like any royal announcement.
The note read: “Tottenham Hotspur Football & Athletic Co Ltd is delighted to announce the arrival of a new Royal. 31 August, 2021.”
Arsenal also registered an interest in signing Royal.
But Spurs were always in the driving seat, with the defender preferring a move to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side over Mikel Arteta’s.
Tottenham stepped up their interest in the Brazilian over the weekend.
Desperate to offload Serge Aurier, Spurs tried to include the Ivorian as part of a deal for Royal, in addition to £17million.
Barcelona rejected the bid but the Londoners remained intent on sealing a deal this summer.
And they sealed the deal on deadline day with a £26m bid and the guarantee of £21m up front.
Meanwhile, Spurs are still racing to offload Aurier, with a number of clubs around Europe believed to be interested as the hours tick on.