Barcelona have announced the signing of defender Emerson Royal from la Liga side Real Betis till 2024.
Emerson had been a co-owned by both Barça and Betis, and the pair joined forces to bring the 22-year-old to La Liga in 2019.
The Blaugrana have now exercised their option to buy the player outright for €9 million with the deal sealed on May 29.
A club statement released on Wednesday read: “FC Barcelona have informed Real Betis Balompie that they are exercising their right to bring back Emerson Royal from July 1 after two seasons on loan at the Andalusian club.
“Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 14 January 1999, Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Junior, better known as Emerson Royal, is an attacking right-back who will be involved in the upcoming Copa America with the Brazilian national team.
“The defender will bring pace and an attacking dimension to the right-wing as the Brazilian has scored five goals and created 10 assists with Betis, the club at which he has played since a three-way agreement was reached involving Atletico Mineiro in January 2019.”
Emerson will battle Sergino Dest who has established himself as first-choice right-back under Ronald Koeman, Emerson faces a fight to unseat the USA international.
Emerson is currently with the Brazil squad for World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay. The defender was called up after Dani Alves pulled out through injury