Real Madrid could accelerate a move for Sergio Reguilon next year after the rapid loss of form of full-back Marcelo, claims a report.
Just a year after selling him to Tottenham, Real have been tipped to re-sign the player, who has impressed for Spurs.
The Spanish left-back made his second Premier League appearance in the 3-3 draw with West Ham and laid on Harry Kane’s second goal.
He already looks like being a favourite of Jose Mourinho, but Spurs may not be able to do anything about losing him next summer.
Tottenham secured the signing of Reguilon in mid-September. But they had to agree to a buyback clause from Madrid.
Manchester United removed themselves from the running with the news that Real wanted a repurchase option on the 23-year-old. Instead they signed Alex Telles.
Mourinho though pushed through a deal, which was worth £25m, with Reguilon signing a five-year deal.
However, the deal which was struck means that Real Madrid are able to buy the player back for an increased fee, either in the summer of 2021 or 2022. Los Blancos are also able to match an offer Spurs accept for the player in that time.
It more or less gives them first refusal on re-signing the player, who is also believed to have been keen to carry such clauses in his deal.
And such is the form of 32-year-old Marcelo, Real could push ahead with a plan to land Reguilon next summer.
AS via Sport Witness say Real “have a problem with Marcelo” and suggest he could find himself behind Ferland Mendy.
Marcelo in an ‘alarming situation’
Marcelo has been on the bench twice this season, but was part of the side in the shock 1-0 defeat to Cadiz on Saturday.
The Brazilian’s form has been poor and the Spanish paper say he is in an “alarming situation”.
There were suggestions Marcelo, who is under contract until 2022, could depart over the summer. Juve were believed to be an option, but a deal never materialised for the Rio de Janeiro-born defender
Jose Mourinho will be hoping that Marcelo finds his feet quickly again, or that Real look elsewhere for a replacement.
The Portuguese boss will be helpless though of Zinedine Zidane fancies a quick reunion with Reguilon.