Manchester United’s attempts to sign Sergio Reguilon have hit a block wall with Real Madrid demanding a buy-back clause, according to reports in Spain. The left-back is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar. But signing him now won’t be straightforward as the Red Devils look to build on the capture of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.
Manchester United are well-stocked at left-back for the time being.
Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams both did well last season, with the former enjoying his best campaign since his arrival from Southampton in 2014.
And United also have Diogo Dalot and Tim Fosu-Mensah capable of playing there too.
However, despite that, Reguilon has emerged as a transfer target with the Real Madrid star deemed surplus to requirements over at the Bernabeu.
Yet Spanish outlet El Partidazo de COPE say United’s move for the 23-year-old has hit a wall, with the La Liga giants demanding a buyback clause on the £27m star.
The club’s board are unwilling to agree to that, mindful of how that could come back to haunt them in the future.
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United are said to believe a deal is possible, especially with Sevilla not interested in signing the defender on a permanent basis despite his fine form at the club last season.
Real have Marcelo and Ferland Mendy ahead of Reguilon in the Bernabeu pecking order, hence why Zinedine Zidane is ready to cut the Spain international loose this summer.
Napoli are also keeping an eye on Reguilon’s situation.
But it’s United who are currently leading the charge for the Real star’s signature.
Reguilon, meanwhile, recently opened on his future and said: “I’m going day by day.
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“If I’m thinking about calls and my future, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy being with the national team. Obviously Real Madrid is my home, but it’s not easy… I have all the factors in mind.”
While United want to improve at left-back, former Tottenham striker Darren Bent believes they should be investing their money in a new centre-back instead.
“A lot of people have said he’s not lived up to the expectation of £80m,” Bent told talkSPORT, referring to Harry Maguire.
“What it is is he went for £80m and Van Dijk went for £75m.
“And when you look at what you got Van Dijk for, £75m, you’re talking about arguably the best centre-half in the world.
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“He’s completely transformed Liverpool to what they are now. Maguire might not ever get to that level that Van Dijk’s at.
“I think he’s been okay this season, I wouldn’t say he’s set the world alight.
“There’s been times this season where he has made mistakes or he hasn’t defended well.
“I don’t think he defended particularly well [against Sevilla] but I do still think that he’s got a lot to offer.
“I do still think he’s a very good centre-half and I do think if you put someone alongside him who can equally defend and they’re on the same wavelength, then I think Manchester United will be better.”
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