Man Utd ran into Haaland problem during Reguilon transfer pursuit

Spain left-back Sergio Reguilon is reportedly close to joining Tottenham in a £27million deal, having seemingly been set for Manchester United.

Reguilon, who won his first senior cap for his country in the 4-0 UEFA Nations League win over Ukraine earlier this month, enjoyed an impressive season on loan at Sevilla in the last campaign.

He played 38 times for the La Liga side, including in August's successful Europa League semi-final against United, and that has led to his parent club Real Madrid seeking to cash in on his services this summer.

United – who were suitably impressed by Reguilon when they faced him – moved to the head of the queue to sign the 23-year-old, who also seemed keen on a move to Old Trafford.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Donny van de Beek but Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United's number one target.

However, they have so far failed to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund and are considering Gareth Bale as an alternative.

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But the club's determined efforts to sign him hit a snag when they were told that Real insisted on including a buyback clause in any deal.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane still has high hopes for Reguilon – whom he coached for the club's Castilla team and who played 22 times for Real's first-team in the 2018/19 season.

AS in Spain report that Real will be able to buy Reguilon back from Tottenham for around £37million within the first two years of his contract, something that they may be tempted to do as long-term left-back Marcelo comes towards the end of his time at the club.

United's efforts to sign the full-back were floored by the clause, as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his team don't tend to look upon them favourably.

It is a similar issue to the one they faced over Erling Haaland in January, when the Norwegian's representatives asked for a buyout clause to be inserted in his deal.

Haaland had seemed set for a move to United, but instead he opted to join Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg.

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