Sergio Reguilon is the subject of talks with a Premier League rival, and a key Tottenham demand that must be met to make the move happen has been revealed.
Reguilon was among a quartet of Spurs players training away from the core group during pre-season. Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks were the others, leading to rampant speculation all four were up for sale.
Indeed, Lo Celso and Ndombele have already departed via the loan route. Lo Celso is back at Villarreal, while Ndombele is trying his hand in Italy with Napoli.
Interest in Winks is proving harder to come by. Everton had been linked earlier this summer, though Frank Lampard later performed a U-turn after taking a closer look.
Reguilon had been expected to return to Spain if he did depart. There has even been talk the left-back could be included in a swap deal that would see him move to Italy.
Tottenham are eyeing Atalanta’s 29-year-old forward Ruslan Malinovskyi and today’s Transfer Gossip detailed Reguilon’s potential role in that move.
Steve Cooper’s free-spending Forest have already signed two new left wing-backs this summer in the form of Omar Richards and Harry Tofolo.
Tottenham make stern demand
However, Richards is already sidelined with a hairline fracture in his leg. That’s opened the door for another addition and the Athletic state talks to sign Reguilon have ‘taken place in recent weeks’.
A season-long loan is on the agenda. However, Tottenham will only sanction the move if Forest agree to cover Reguilon’s salary ‘in full’.
Forest have shown a willingness to pay big wages this summer.
Indeed, they were the surprise winners of the Jesse Lingard race after agreeing to pay the attacker a basic salary of £80,000-a-week, per the Telegraph. Bonuses could see that swell by 50 percent to £120,000-a-week.
There is no indication as to whether an option or obligation to buy Reguilon would be included in any loan agreement.
Reguilon not fancied by Conte
Reguilon was given his fair share of chances by Antonio Conte last term. In 2022 alone he started eight league matches as he battled with Ryan Sessegnon for minutes at left wing-back.
However, Sessegnon has earned the nod in the new campaign, while Ivan Perisic has arrived from Inter Milan.
Reguilon is now a distant third-choice in the position. Matt Doherty also showed last season he can cover on the left if required.
Clearly, Reguilon’s time in north London is up, though his stay in England might not be.
If this summer’s transfer window has taught us anything, it’s that Forest are no shrinking violet in the market.