Sergio Reguilon, the Tottenham Hotspur defender, has reportedly crossed the finishing line of his medical tests at Manchester United, setting the stage for an imminent loan transfer to Old Trafford.
Within the last day, the 26-year-old has leapfrogged into pole position as Manchester United’s top choice for a left-back, as interest in Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella appears to have simmered down.
📸 – Sergio Reguilon in training today at Carrington!🔴🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/qtMMp66ZE1— 𝗧𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗴’𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝗱𝘀 ✍🏼🇳🇱 (@TenHagBall_) September 1, 2023
Pictured above in training on Friday morning with Manchester United.
It’s understood that Reguilon was granted the green light to jet off to Manchester this past Thursday afternoon, where he successfully underwent his medical evaluations with the 20-time Premier League winners. Sources from The Athletic indicate that all medical checks are now in the books, and the official word on his loan move is expected shortly.
Contrary to some transfer deals, the report outlines that United will not be coughing up a transfer fee for the Spanish defender. Additionally, no purchase option has been baked into the agreement for next summer, although United will take on the responsibility of his full salary.
Under the current stipulations, Reguilon will ply his trade with Erik ten Hag’s squad for the 2023-24 season, subject to a January break clause. This comes as Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are both slated to return from injuries by that time.
It’s worth noting that Reguilon was on Manchester United’s radar back in 2020 when it became evident he’d be leaving Real Madrid; however, he ultimately opted for a move to Spurs. Since then, the full-back has clocked up 67 appearances across all competitions for Tottenham, 52 of which have been in the Premier League. Last season, he was loaned to Atletico Madrid, where he featured in 12 matches.
United weren’t necessarily in the market for a left-back this late into the transfer window, but the extended absence of Shaw, who’s grappling with a 10-week muscular injury, has changed the calculus. Malacia is likewise sidelined with a similar issue, and with Brandon Williams having recently gone out on loan, the Red Devils find themselves thin on experienced options for the role.
Diogo Dalot, who filled the left-back slot against Nottingham Forest last Saturday, is likely to reprise his role against Arsenal this upcoming weekend. However, depending on the timing of the official announcement, Reguilon could feasibly be among the substitutes for the clash at the Emirates.
On another front, negotiations for Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat are still underway, and an announcement confirming the signing of Turkish goalkeeper Altay Bayindir from Fenerbahce is expected shortly.