Barcelona are set to complete the full purchase of Real Betis full-back Emerson Royal this year and will then sell him to the Premier League.

The 21-year-old initially joined the Blaugrana in January 2019 from Atletico Mineiro in a reported €12.7m deal in a convoluted operation in which both Barcelona and Real Betis paid for half that sum each.

Both clubs now co-own the right-back but he has exclusively played for Betis since his arrival, with Barca’s option to sign him permanently for €6m set to kick in from the summer of 2021. This means that the Catalan club would likely have to pay Betis a higher sum to complete the deal this year.