Tottenham have signed highly-rated left-back Sergio Reguilon, with Jose Mourinho securing a deal worth a reported £28 million ($36m) amid rival interest from Manchester United on a five-year contract.
Manchester United also spoke to Real about Reguilon but were put off by the Spanish club’s insistence on a buyback clause, which allowed Spurs to step in.
The 23-year-old came through the youth set-up at Real and made his first-team debut in October 2018.
He was on loan at Sevilla last season and helped them win the Europa League as well as finish fourth in La Liga.
Speaking to Spurs’ official club website following confirmation of his signing, Reguilon said: “I really like the philosophy of the club and the coach, those were things that made me want to come here.
“The desire to grow, the vision of the club, and I’m eager to grow as a player. Tottenham has world-class players and a world-class manager. I can’t wait to start working with him on my first day.
“I saw the training facilities, they are incredible. I think I am now in the hardest league in the world, the most difficult one. I talked a lot with [Gareth] Bale, regarding everything; the club, the city, the new stadium and I just can’t wait to start with my team-mates.”
Spurs have already invested heavily in Matt Doherty during the current transfer window, with the Republic of Ireland international snapped up from Wolves.
He is being slotted in on the right of Mourinho’s defensive unit, with Reguilon now set to provide another fresh face on the left.
— Sergio Reguilón (@sergio_regui) September 19, 2020
Source: Goal.com & BBC Sports