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Tottenham Hotspur will only consider selling Emerson Royal for ‘big money’ amid interest from Saudi Arabia in the defender.

That’s according to The Evening Standard, with the outlet sharing the latest on Al-Nassr’s attempts to land the full-back.

The Saudi Pro League outfit had a bid worth around £21.5 million for Emerson Royalknocked back by Spurs on Sunday.

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Al-Nassr are expected to return with an improved offer in an attempt to test Tottenham’s resolve.

It’s also been claimed that Tottenham will not entertain a sale for Royal this month, with the player currently happy under Ange Postecoglou in north London.

And it would take a huge bid from Al-Nassr to tempt Tottenham into selling the 25-year-old.

Tottenham would only sell Royal for ‘big money’

The Evening Standard claims that after rejecting an approach from Al-Nassr yesterday, Spurs would only sell Royal for ‘big money’ this month.

It’s noted that Tottenham thought Al-Nassr’s opening bid was ‘derisory’ and the north Londoners don’t want to lose Royal mid-season.

If there is any chance of a deal being struck, the Saudi club would have to ‘considerably’ up the stakes.

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Royal has proven himself as an important part of Postecoglou’s squad this season. The Brazil star has filled in across the backline, covering the absences of Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero.

He’s been lauded as a ‘fantastic’ defender and while his work on the ball leaves plenty to be desired, he’s a reliable defensive option for Postecoglou at the moment.

It would make little sense for Spurs to consider a sale mid-season unless the money was simply too good to turn down.

Whether or not Al-Nassr present this kind of money remains to be seen. But Spurs have every right to dig their heels in over a fee for Royal, especially as the defender is supposedly happy to stay at Tottenham.