Tottenham have reportedly beaten Manchester United in the race to sign Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein claims that Jose Mourinho is close to sealing a deal for the impressive 23-year-old.
The defender was outstanding during a loan spell at Sevilla last season, making 38 appearances in all competitions as the LaLiga side claimed Europa League glory again.
That form saw Reguilon handed a senior Spain debut in the recent 4-0 win over Ukraine in the Nations League.
The report adds that while the deal is far from done, there is a ‘high possibility’ that it will be.
There had been reports earlier on Tuesday that Reguilon had actually snubbed the chance to move to Old Trafford.
Indeed, AS claimed the Spain international does not want to abandon playing for Los Blancos for good. Furthermore, they state Reguilon would rather re-join Sevilla on a season’s loan in order to further his prospects.
However, it would now appear that Tottenham are close to bringing in their fourth summer signing.
Ben Davies has been Mourinho’s number one choice at left-back after Danny Rose was frozen out. Indeed, the latter looks certain to be moved on before the window shuts.
Ryan Sessegnon has also been used in the position. But doubts still remain over whether he is better deployed as a winger.
SPURS, UNITED IN BALE TUSSLE
Manchester United face the prospect of missing out on Gareth Bale, despite reports suggesting the winger is willing to move to Old Trafford on loan.
Bale has fallen down the pecking order in the past couple of years at Real Madrid. The Wales winger has spoken out about his frustration at being frozen out of the team and denied the chance to leave.
The former Tottenham star was close to leaving the club for China in 2019, but that deal fell through. Now, a return to the Premier League could be on the cards.
Reports emerged recently suggesting Man Utd had reignited their interest in Bale. The Red Devils rivalled Madrid for his signature back in 2013, before his then-record move to the Bernabeu.
However, if he is to leave Madrid before the window closes, it could be for a vastly-reduced fee.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Real are willing to sell Bale for just £18m. That’s because they are desperate to get his £15m-per-season wages off the books.
Furthermore, The Times reports Bale would also consider a loan move to United if that were to improve his prospects of a move. They state Bale is that desperate to leave Madrid he will take any means necessary to secure a move away.
United, on their part, appear in no hurry to tie up the prospective deal. With the window open until October 5, United will leave it as long as possible to secure top target Jadon Sancho.
Those hopes, however, appear to be fading by the day. A lesser-heard Borussia Dortmund official further dampened United’s chances when questioned about the player.
United’s delay in making a decision over Bale has, it would appeal, allowed Tottenham to move to the front of the queue.