Emerson eyes Madrid move

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Brazilian star Emerson looks set to join Real Madrid in the summer after telling Juventus chiefs that he wants to quit the Turin club and move to Spain.

The former Roma midfielder was due to link up with the Bernabeu outfit last summer for ‚é¼18 million, but he opted to join Juventus after giving his word to Bianconeri boss Fabio Capello.

Negotiations are now ready to commence with Los Merengues, as Emerson seems to have his heart set on a move to Spain to join compatriots Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo.

According to reports in the Spanish media, Real supremo Florentino Perez was asked by his counterpart Luciano Moggi which Juve player he wanted to buy because 'they are all for sale', before the two sides met in the UEFA Champions League in March.

Although Perez did not give a name, both sporting director Arrigo Sacchi and manager Wanderley Luxemburgo have identified Emerson as a potential candidate to further reinforce the midfield following the signing of Thomas Gravesen.

Talks may have to include a swap deal as Juventus are likely to want a Madrid player, with a defender being their priority as their first-choice back four are now all over 30 years of age.

Walter Samuel is the main target with Capello a big fan of the Argentinian international having signed him for Roma.