Tottenham Hotspur are now leading the race to sign Sergio Reguilon on a permanent deal, according to David Ornstien of The Athletic.
The deal is not yet complete, but looks highly probable. Spurs were willing to include the buy-back clause — a clause Real Madrid were adamant about including and a clause which Manchester United refused to accept. Jose Mourinho has been an admirer of Reguilon’s talents, as many will recall his positive comments regarding the Caternao after the infamous spring 2019 Clasico where Reguilon get in the face of both Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
“I say, from my perspective too, one of the players that could show that Real Madrid traditional desire to compete against Barcelona was another kid like Reguilon, who had a very good approach in both matches,” Mourinho said on Reguilon’s clasico performance while providing analysis for BEIN Sports.
With Danny Rose out of the picture, and Ben Davies lacking the industry and fitness levels for Mourinho’s new look Spurs side, Reguilon would surely become a shoe-in starter and immediate impact player. If he can succeed with Spurs and in the Premier League, he may eventually return to Real Madrid one day with a buy-back potentially secured.
*Update: Fabrizio Romano of Sky Italia has suggested that Tottenham’s €30 million bid for Reguilon has been accepted. The club will include a buy-back clause as well as a right of first refusal on any future offers made for the player. This means Real Madrid are made aware of and can match any future competitive offers that are made for the left back. Personal terms between Reguilon and Manchester United were agreed, but now the player’s agent will need to meet and discuss with Spurs.