As domestic seasons edge closer to starting up once again, the transfer market seems to be picking up steam.
Sergio Reguilon spent last season on loan from Real Madrid to Sevilla, where he helped secure a top four position and a Europa League win with 37 appearances in all competitions.
Now back at his parent club, the links continue to roll in for Reguilon about whether he’ll still be at the Bernabeu once the season is underway or if he’ll follow in the footsteps of Martin Ødegaard by returning from loan and entering the first-team picture.
Reports suggest that several clubs are interested in the 23 year-old left-back, including Manchester United, Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. What does he do? Why are they interested in him? Is he worth all the speculation?
Firstly, at Real Madrid he would likely be third in the pecking order at left-back with Ferland Mendy and club legend Marcelo both preferred by Zinedine Zidane. Much like Achraf Hakimi, who joined Inter Milan earlier this summer, Reguilon is an outstanding young talent who Madrid have big ideas for going forward. The issue however stems from just how good their squad is. With Reguilon back at the Bernabeu, he won’t improve the way they want him to if he doesn’t play. Mendy has established himself as the No.1 left-back at the club now though and Marcelo’s status off the pitch mean he’s not so easily replaced on it.
The best option for Reguilon would likely be staying at Sevilla. After winning the Europa League and securing a Champions League place via their league position, the Spanish international earned plaudits for his attacking style and the threat he caused in the final third. He’s technically sound and a good passer of the ball, which helps him fit straight into manager Julen Lopetegui’s philosophy of ball playing from the back. With the success he had there, his favoured option would be a return.
Manchester United came up against him in the Europa League semi-final and were clearly impressed. The Red Devils have Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams as options currently at left-back, but the young academy graduate is still very green and could benefit from a loan move after recently signing a new contract. That would allow Reguilon to challenge Luke Shaw for the first-choice role as Manchester United return to the Champions League. Solskjær’s side really struggled for an attacking outlet from their full-backs last year and it would add a whole new dimension to their attack. With a fee of around £23million mooted, it would represent shrewd business by the Reds.
An outside shot would be PSG, who are actively looking to improve their full-back areas. They have been linked with a move for Hector Bellerin at right-back but with Reguilon also a target they’re clearly looking to completely upgrade. Reguilon is a much better defender than Juan Bernat, and is arguably better going forward too. At 23 years old, he also has plenty of room to improve and his concentration levels show the focus is there for him to become a really top player.
A fairy cheap transfer fee is being asked but for a permanent deal, it’s expected that Madrid will ask for a buy-back clause or at the bare minimum a first refusal clause with a sell-on percentage. Sevilla would be happy with another loan move, although that would deny Madrid the chance to bring some money in during this window. It’s unknown whether Man United or PSG would accept those terms for a deal but their interest is strong and is real.