GdS: ‘From the favelas to the world’ – the story of Emerson Royal and Milan’s interest

By Ben Dixon -

Emerson Royal has emerged as a front-running candidate to join AC Milan this summer, and this morning, a report has taken a look into his past, with his future likely to be written this summer.

A right-back is not a pressing priority to be recruited for Milan, but it is a position which needs addressing in the summer. Reports have stated that Emerson leads the list alongside Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash.

However, it was suggested yesterday that the Rossoneri’s preference is the Brazilian, and given he is already open to the idea of moving to Milano, a deal could happen quickly when a decision has been finalised.

This morning, Gazzetta dello Sport (read below) wrote a piece about his rise and what his future may hold. They start with a recollection of his youth days when he was rejected by San Paolo and Gremio, but he continued to seek a football career.

From Brazil to Barcelona, it was clear he had promise, and with Real Betis, he established himself as one of the most exciting defenders in Europe. When he moved to Tottenham, things were not going at the rate he wanted, and he spent €1 million to improve himself and prove to Antonio Conte he was the man for the position.

Now, he wants a chance to relaunch his career, and Milan provides that for him. Whilst he may not be the same as Theo Hernandez, Gazzetta suggests his traits are similar, and perhaps an axis similar to Theo-Leao can be formed by Emerson and Pulisic.

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  1. What a joke. This dude couldn’t lick theo boots let alone be anything near his counterpart on the other side. Just saying his name in the same sentence as theo is insulting..

    He can fûck off back to Brazil as far as I’m concerned.

    Shîty target, we’re better off getting Abate back from retirement

  2. “When he moved to Tottenham, things were not going at the rate he wanted, and he spent €1 million to improve himself and prove to Antonio Conte he was the man for the position.”

    I don’t understand that part. The player spent 1 million euros to improve? How? In the end I guess he just wasted 1 million euros because he doesn’t seem to have convinced anyone…

  3. Typical one of Milan strategies in transfer market, chasing for players who were once had good season(s), then had bad or not so good spell in their new clubs or when their clun got new managers who didn’t favour them. Some examples such as Jovic, Pulisic, Tomori, Bakayoko. And now, some names such as this Emerson or Amrabat come to surface. Yes I think due to economical consideration. I am not totally against the idea, but I can’t say I like it either.

    1. I think that’s not a bad idea, especially when players move to England and have some struggles because the English team ‘solution’ to a few under par performances isn’t to improve the player but just spend 30m on another one.

      So just because he didn’t fit one manager’s personal plan, struggled with English culture or got replaced by a shiny new thing doesn’t make him a poor player if the scouts do their research well enough. They’ve had some good wins (Pulisic, RLC etc) and some bad ones (Dest, Origi) so fingers crossed if we go ahead with this one.

      He’s a hard working player – personally I don’t see him as a big upgrade to Calabria but I thought the same with Dalot but he had a good enough season to prove me wrong.

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