Tottenham Hotspur just got a lot better at fullback.
In a deal that looked impossible just a few days ago with the insanity of the Gareth Bale deal going on simultaneously, Sergio Reguilon has joined Spurs on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid.
Reguilon has signed a five-year contract with Spurs. Wages were undisclosed at the time of the announcement.
The transfer itself is a tad complicated. Spurs will pay a transfer fee of €30m (£27.5m) to Madrid. There is a buyback clause, which is very unlike Daniel Levy to allow, of €40m-€45m for the first two years. After that, Madrid have first right of refusal for any bids that come in for Reguilon. We talked a little bit about how these are almost a non-starter because Reguilon wants nothing to do with Madrid and, specifically, Zinedine Zidane.
Reguilon, 23, is an exciting fullback who has grown quickly over the last two seasons. Coming up through the Real Madrid youth ranks, he was first loaned to UD Logrones in the third division of Spain, but also played for Real Madrid Castilla at times. Last season, he was loaned to Sevilla where he flourished for the Europa League champions, playing 4100 minutes and showing his quality.
This deal came practically out of nowhere. Manchester United looked like they had it all wrapped up until it fell apart on Monday. The buyback clause was apparently the big sticking point of the deal, leading to quotes attributed to Ed Woodward about the Red Devils being too big of a club to accept any buyback clause. Their loss is Spurs gain.
This is a heck of a coup for Tottenham. Ben Davies can’t play every single match and Ryan Sessegnon doesn’t appear to be ready in Jose Mourinho’s eyes. With this signing, Spurs now have a player who was considered the best left back in La Liga last season. Needless to say, this is a signing we are all over the moon for. I am absolutely shocked that Levy went for not only the buyback, but the first right of refusal. It’s a welcome surprise because this team just got a lot better.
Welcome to Tottenham Hotspur, Sergio Reguilon!