Everton looking to sign the new Dani Alves

Emerson

The transfer window isn't yet fully open but Everton have already been linked with a number of players.

With Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, it's possible they could sign a few players they previously wouldn't have been able to attract.

That's already being seen in some of the targets they've lined up.

Philippe Coutinho has been touted with a switch to Merseyside, as too has Gremio winger Everton Soares

It's an exciting time to be a Toffee with recent results improving too.

Brazilian footballers seem to be a theme for Everton at the moment. Defender Gabriel was linked with a move to Everton, but their most recent target also hails from that part of the world.

This time, the Blues are looking to use their relationship with Barcelona to secure another one of their promising players.

Ancelotti

That happens to be a 21-year-old full-back by the name of Emerson Royal.

The right-back is on loan at Real Betis from Barcelona but Everton have thrown their name in the hat to sign him permanently.

That's according to the print version of Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), who reveal the Catalan giants are open to selling the player when the window opens.

The plan was for Emerson to stay with Betis for two years with the Seville based club and Barca co-owning him. But, with the player now sought-after, he could leave Spain altogether.

However, if the Merseysiders want to lure him to England, they'll have to fight off competition from Borussia Dortmund.

Everton are yet to make a formal offer for the player according to the report but Barcelona can make him their own player outright by paying €9m (£8.1m).

Emerson

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Everton are clearly in need of a right-back.

Seamus Coleman is no spring chicken while Djibril Sidibe's loan move from Monaco is due to end at the climax of the season.

The club has an option to buy him permanently but it remains to be seen whether they'll do so. 

With that in mind, adding another full-back to the squad should be of utmost importance.

And in Emerson, they'd struggle to find many better successors to Coleman.

Emerson

The youngster has been compared to Dani Alves, keeping an eye on him and Brazilian legend Cafu to learn the tricks of the trade.

"Barca is one of the best teams in the world and he [Dani Alves] has always been an example for me. I have [learned] some things from Daniel Alves and others from Cafu. Cafu is an idol for me," he said at the start of the year.

Emerson is impressive going forward, registering three goals and five assists this term. He'd be a good recruit for Marcel Brands and Ancelotti.

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