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Real Madrid Plot Move To Sign Tottenham Hotspur Star: Can Nuno Afford To Let Him Go?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Transfer Market Web, Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Sergio Reguilon. The Spanish giants are determined to bring the Tottenham fullback back to Santiago Bernabeu, with the club on the lookout for a new left-back option in the market. Reguilon does have a buyback clause that would allow Real Madrid to sign him back for €40 million, but Carlo Ancelotti is hoping to negotiate a lower price for the defender next summer.

Sergio Reguilon’s Spell At Tottenham So Far

Sergio Reguilon arrived at Tottenham last summer, for a fee of €30 million. He was coming on the back of an excellent season at Sevilla that saw him evolve into one of the most in-demand wingbacks in La Liga.

Reguilon enjoyed a solid start to his Premier League career as well, becoming a central figure to the club’s excellent start to the campaign under Jose Mourinho. But as the team started to suffer, the Spaniard’s influence eventually waned. He ended the campaign with four assists in 27 league outings, which was enough to help Tottenham seal a place in the UEFA Conference League.

This time around, Reguilon has started the season on a mixed note under new coach Nuno Espirito Santo. The former Real Madrid starlet has certainly established himself as the first-choice left-back for the club, but the player has often been misused.

Indeed, Nuno’s defence-oriented style of play has often left Reguilon with a lot of defensive responsibilities. It has played a big role in restricting his influence going forward, thus leading to a lack of creativity from the left-wingback out wide.

Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Sergio Reguilon - He has had a mixed time.
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 15: Sergio Reguilon and Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur react as they warm up prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 15, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Should Tottenham Let Go Of Reguilon?

Tottenham Hotspur have not been able to unleash Reguilon’s full potential. But it is apparent that the player is trying his best to settle into the new tactics and has considerably improved his defensive output in the game.

It is an ideal indicator of his versatility and willingness to improve himself as a footballer. And as such, it would perhaps be wiser for Tottenham to hold out on their €40 million buyback clause rather than making a deal with Real Madrid for a cut-price.

The club lacks a proper alternative with Ben Davies transforming into more of a defensive left-back in recent years whilst struggling with injuries. Ryan Sessegnon hasn’t offered much to the table either, thus facing an uncertain future at the club.

Reguilon’s potential departure, to that end, would force the Lilywhites to scour the market for a replacement next season, which might not be an ideal scenario at a time when the club is trying to successfully go through a major transition period.

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