Manchester United passed up the opportunity to sign Sergio Reguilon after reportedly refusing Real Madrid’s buyback clause for the defender.
The 23-year-old looks set to join Tottenham after the north London club agreed a £27m fee with Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein claims that Jose Mourinho is close to sealing a deal for the impressive full-back.
United though had been in for the player and had spoken to him about a move to Old Trafford, but United officials were unwilling to accept Real Madrid’s terms.
Reguilon is highly-rated by Zinedine Zidane, so much so that Real were insistent on including a buyback clause for the player.
AS in Spain report that Real wanted to insert an option to buy back Reguilon within the first two years of his contract. United though were not keen. Spurs however appear to have given Real the green night to insert the option in which they can purchase Reguilon for around £37m in the first two years.
That ties in with 32-year-old Marcelo’s contract ending at the Bernabeu.
Reguilon was understood to be keen on a move to Old Trafford, but United were hoping to use his desire to sign for them to barter down the price.
However, ultimately they were not willing to bend to Real’s demands and potentially lose the player within the first two years with Real essentially having first refusal if he impressed in Manchester.
It’s the not first time that United have blocked a transfer due to contractual stipulations.
United withdrew from the running to sign Erling Haaland in January when they were unwilling to include a buyout clause in any deal for the Norway hitman.
United were also believed to be opposed to making a hefty payment to his agent Mino Raiola and Haaland ending up signing for Borussia Dortmund in one of the signings of the season.
A report from The Times shed light on the negotiations between United and Salzburg, indicating that Raiola had a key influence on the player’s future.
The newspaper said that Raiola wanted to put a release clause worth more than €50m into Haaland’s Old Trafford contract.