Benfica have joined the race to sign Barcelona owned Real Betis full back Emerson Royal according to a report in today’s print edition of Portuguese newspaper Record.

The Brazilian defender is currently out on loan at Real Betis until the end of next season but Barcelona could bring him back this Summer and move him on in a permanent transfer.

Benfica aside, Inter and Bayer Leverkusen are both also interested in signing the 21-year-old with some reports suggesting Bayer Leverkusen would be willing to offer between €20-30 million for him.

Emerson, who has a contract with Barcelona until the end of the 2023/24 season, has made 24 appearances across all competitions to date this term.

In 2145 minutes on the field, the former Atletico Mineiro right back has scored three goals and has provided a total of five assists for his teammates.

Emerson is one of several full backs to have been linked with Inter ahead of the Summer transfer window with Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo and River Plate’s Gonzalo Montiel both all having been linked.