KEY POINTS

  • Spurs have the upper hand to sign Real Madrid's Reguilon
  • Even Man Utd have contacted Real for Reguilon's transfer
  • The player, however, prefers a move to Old Trafford

Tottenham Hotspur reportedly could defeat Manchester United in the race to sign Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon this summer.

Along with Reguilon, Spurs have also begun negotiations for Gareth Bale’s return to the Premier League. Interestingly, both these players have been linked with a move to Old Trafford, and if Jose Mourinho’s side manages to pull this plan off, it’ll be a great statement from the North London club going into the 2020-21 season.

After moving to Real Madrid in 2018, Reguilon was loaned off to Seville ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. The 23-year-old defender made 38 competitive appearances for Seville in what turned out to be an impressive stint for him as he was a part of the squad that defeated Inter Milan in the Europa League final and clinched its sixth European title.

 Sergio Reguilon of Seville Sergio Reguilon of Seville Photo: Getty Images | Robbie Jay Barratt

Sports website ESPN has reported Real Madrid and Spurs have agreed on a transfer fee around $35 million for Reguilon, who is set to sign a five-year contract with the Mourinho-managed club. The report has also stated Real Madrid have insisted on including a buy-back clause in the deal as the final details are being worked out.

It is understood Reguilon prefers a move to Man Utd, but that looks unlikely to happen because The Red Devils have yet not agreed to Real Madrid’s demands for the buy-back option, something Spurs have accepted as a part of negotiations with the Santiago Bernabeu side.

The ESPN report has also revealed Man Utd are yet to agree to Reguilon’s transfer fee of $35 million as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co were hopeful they could get the fee reduced based on the player’s desire to move to Manchester. However, Spurs’s sudden arrival in the transfer race has made the situation complicated for Man Utd.

Sources close to the Spanish left-back have told ESPN that Spurs’ long-term project and Mourinho’s personal interest in Reguilon have convinced the young left-back to accept their offer.

Reguilon, who is a product of Real Madrid’s youth academy, was close to signing for Chelsea last month.