Deal close: Tottenham ready to hijack United’s Reguilon plans

Two major players in the football media industry have two very different pieces of information.

Tottenham Hotspur are close to agreeing a permanent deal to sign Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon, according to The Athletic.

Reputable journalist David Ornstein claims a deal is not done but progress has been made and is now highly possible.

He adds United have also held discussions for the 23-year-old, but no agreement has been reached.

Stretty News understands United held talks with Real Madrid over a possible transfer, but the La Liga champions demanded a buy back clause to be included in Reguilon’s contract. That, as far as we are aware, is a non-runner for the Reds.

Zinedine Zidane prefers Marcelo and last summer’s signing Ferland Mendy is set to takeover from the 32-year-old full-back. That’s why Reguilon was sent on loan to Sevilla last year but with sights on making the Spain squad for Euro 21, he won’t fancy being third choice in the pecking order at Madrid.

Madrid wanting a buy back clause in his contract suggests that they don’t want to completely lose out on a potential star left-back. They haven’t got the game time Reguilon needs to develop and Zidane seemingly doesn’t seem to be his biggest admirer.

It will be interesting to see, if Reguilon joins Spurs, if they accepted a buy back clause in his contract.

Manager Jose Mourinho could see it as an opportunity to get one up on his former employer, you know how he operates…

Of course, Ornstein’s story brings us a clash of sources from two transfer news big hitters in the journalism world.

Earlier today Fabrizio Romano tweeted that talks were progressing between United and Madrid to reach the total agreement for Reguilon. He adds the player’s agents have positive feelings about the deal.

“Talks progressing between Manchester United and Real Madrid to reach the total agreement for Sergio Reguilon. The two clubs are discussing about the ‘buy back clause’ that #MUFC won’t accept. Reguilon and his agents have positive feelings — he wants to join.”

Hmm… Who to believe?

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