Contact between Inter and Barcelona has began over Emerson Royal according to a report from Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo.

The full back has earned rave reviews this season whilst with fellow Spanish club Real Betis, who he is on loan with until the end of next season.

Barcelona could however bring him back this Summer and could possibly use him as part of a deal to land Inter’s Lautaro Martinez, who they are extremely interested in signing as per various reports both in Spanish and Italian media.

German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen are also interested in signing the 21-year-old Brazilian under 23 national team player and are willing to offer in the region of €20-30 million for him.

This season Emerson, who has a contract with Barcelona until the end of the 2023/24 season, has made 24 appearances across all competitions to date. In 2145 minutes on the field, he has scored three goals and provided five assists.