Emerson played on loan at Betis from Atletico Mineiro for six months, between January and June 2019, before Barcelona signed him for €12 million.

If Barca want to take Emerson back now, they would have to negotiate a new deal with Real Betis

Barcelona will likely move for a right-back if Nelson Semedo leaves, Emerson has been tied with Real Betis. Still, Los Verdiblancos sporting director Antonio Cordon believes the Brazilian will remain in Seville. Emerson played on loan at Betis from Atletico Mineiro for six months, between January and June 2019, before Barcelona signed him for €12 million. Then, the Blaugrana then sold 50 percent of his rights to the Andalusian side for six million euros. And they turned on a buy-back option of about nine million euros, which operates in the summer of 2021. “Emerson is currently a Betis player,” Cordon told reporters.

“We’re not considering anything at all. Currently, it is impossible, since that issue with his clause is spelled out in contracts; the lawyers know it well, and we are calm”. Betis insists that the deal between the three parties does not allow the clause mentioned above to be brought forward a year earlier. Therefore, if Barcelona were interested in signing Emerson this season, they would have to negotiate a new deal with Betis.