Price Of Semedo Successor Continues To Increase As FC Barcelona Dither On Breakout Brazil Star

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Price Of Semedo Successor Continues To Increase As FC Barcelona Dither On Breakout Brazil Star

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Netting against Alaves to salvage a point for Real Betis on Sunday, Emerson has been one of the breakout stars of the current La Liga campaign.

Already scoring three in his first full season from right-back while notching four assists for the Verdiblancos, the 20-year-old’s antics have seen him graduate from an U23 star for Brazil to a senior international capped by Tite in November during a 3-o win over South Korea.

Naturally, his heritage and playmaking skills from their shared preferred position have drawn comparisons to Dani Alves - who he is fancied to one day succeed permanently in the fabled yellow and green jersey as well as that referred to as the Blaugrana.

Since Alves was disrespectfully allowed to walk on a free to Juventus in 2016, a suitable heir is yet to be found to the game’s most decorated player of all time.

Nelson Semedo once considered capable of filling such prestigious boots, the Portuguese previously deemed ‘untransferable’ last summer when a string of clubs came in for him will be sold in the near future after director of football Eric Abidal apparently met with agent Jorge Mendes in Dubai over the festive period to discuss the matter.

This has mainly been down to the re-emergence of Sergi Roberto during Semedo’s recent five week absence through a calf injury, yet with the La Masia graduate also able to occupy midfield, a natural full-back able to provide him with competition must be sought.

Hours before Barça took to the field to etch out a tough 2-2 draw with cross-city rivals Espanyol on Saturday, reports emerged that attention had turned towards RB Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann.

Capped eight times by his country, the German’s contract expires in 2021 but can become null and void if activating a release clause of $39mn. Also fancied by Juventus and Bayern Munich, it beggars belief as to why FCB would hand over this kind of fee when Emerson is already at their disposal however.

Jointly-acquired by Real Betis and Barça last year from Atletico Madrid, the two clubs split his $14.2mn fee with the latter supposedly allowed to take on full-time ownership if paying the remaining half by 2021.

The exact details of the arrangement are unknown, though, with the player himself stating to Mundo Deportivo in an interview that ‘there is a clause, but if I go there (before 2021), Barça must pay a fine, which I don't know is how much’.

Some publications have it at $13.4mn, and this morning, the aforementioned sports daily has attested that their sources have revealed the figure to now be close to $18mn.

Worryingly, as long as top brass continues to dither on one of the revelations of Spanish soccer in 2019/2020, his price tag only continues to increase with each impressive performance.

Of course these two developments may not be dirctly-correlated. Yet to reiterate, it seems remiss to overlook Emerson, who is already on the club’s books in a fashion while having developed considerable La Liga experience, and pay more than double for Klostermann.

A near $140mn needing to be raised to avoid going into the red, as well as $200mn to recapture Neymar, costs must be cut at the same time improvements to the squad are made.

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