Manchester United were heavily interested in luring Real Madrid‘s promising left-back Sergio Reguilón to Old Trafford this summer, but he now seems set for Spurs.

The defender, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, gave Ole Gunnar Solskjær‘s men a torrid time in their Europa League semi-final and went on to win the title with Los Sevillistas.

The Spaniard was seen to be the immediate successor to Luke Shaw, whose injury concerns, has left The Red Devils exposed defensively on the left flank.

However, today it was announced that Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur have nipped ahead of United and reportedly agreed a deal for the defender on a five-year contract.

The Spaniard has allegedly agreed terms with the north London outfit ahead of a proposed €30 million move, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who believes the transfer is imminent.

Why did Manchester United reject Sergio Reguilón deal?

United had held talks with the Spaniard’s club representatives over a potential move this window.


However, discussions had allegedly stalled due to a disagreement concerning two main terms, which has allowed Spurs to seize the opportunity and race into pole position for the defender’s signature.

According to Romano, the first involved a ‘buy-back’ clause, which would have enabled the La Liga side to re-sign the defender. A factor that was off the table for United.

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[⚪️] Reguilon-Spurs, here we go soon! After the drama, @sergioregui deal is going to be completed soon: he’s joining Tottenham! 🌟 – The agreement has been reached on last hours for Sergio Reguilon to Tottenham. The deal is almost done, just needs to be signed. 🤝 – Tottenham are going to pay €30m to Real Madrid. Spurs board will accept both clauses asked by Real: ‘buy back clause’ [around €40/45m] and ‘pre-emption clause’ [if any club will made a bid for Reguilon on next years, Tottenham must call Real Madrid and they can match the bid]. 📑🚨 – Tottenham have an agreement with Real but now also with the player. Personal terms have been agreed on last hours with Reguilon and his agents, his contract until June 2025 is almost ready. He was also keen to join Manchester United, but Tottenham convinced him. 🇪🇸 – Personal terms were not a problem for Man Utd to sign Reguilon. But #MUFC board won't accept any of the clauses to bring the player back – this was the main issue. And also, Man Utd won't pay €30m [considering final price as €20m + add ons]. 🛑 – Key people involved in the deal with Tottenham and Real: Kia Joorabchian and @borjacouce ✍🏻️ The deal is ready to be completed, just need to be signed on following days. Here we go soon! ⚪️📲 [Tottenham are also working on Gareth Bale deal with Real Madrid – negotiations started 48 hours ago. More to follow soon 👀] #thfc #reguilon #tottenham #spurs #real #madrid #sergioreguilon #transfers #herewego #bale

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The second included a so-called, ‘pre-emption’ clause – should another club be interested in the player, Real Madrid have to be contacted first, so that they can match the offered sum, also out of question for The Red Devils.

Romano also suggested that United were unwilling to equal the €30 million that Tottenham bid for the 23 year-old. The former having offered €20 million, plus add-ons.

The Lilywhites have subsequently capitalised on United’s hesitancy and agreed to both terms, as per Romano, who insists Real Madrid can bring Reguilón back to the Bernabéu for a fee in the region of €40-45 million.

He also suggested that Tottenham are in talks to re-sign Gareth Bale, who has also been a target for the José Mourinho‘s former side.

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