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Barca make Emerson Royal third summer signing

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Madrid, June 2 (IANS) FC Barcelona have announced their third signing in three days of Brazilian right-back Emerson Royal from Betis on Wednesday.

Barcelona have paid Betis a reported nine million euros for the full rights to the defender, who had spent the past two seasons on loan at the Seville-based club, reports Xinhua.

“FC Barcelona have informed Real Betis Balompie that they are exercising their right to bring back Emerson Royal from 1 July after two seasons on loan at the Andalusian club,” said the Barca website on Wednesday, adding that Emerson has agreed to a contract until the end of June 2024.

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Emerson, who is currently on international duty, has made 79 appearances in his two seasons on loan with Betis and last season saw him play 3,186 minutes competitive football — more than any other player at the club, as Betis finished sixth in La Liga to qualify for the Europa League.

His arrival means Barca now have three right-backs on their books with Sergino Dest and Sergi Roberto. The club will have to decide whether to put faith in 20-year-old Dest who has attracted interest from Arsenal, or whether to maintain Roberto who struggled with injury last season and being a high earner.

Monday saw Barcelona confirm the arrival of striker Kun Aguero on a two-year contract, while central defender Eric Garcia was presented on Tuesday, with both arriving on free transfers after the expiry of their respective deals with Manchester City.

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