Tottenham are reportedly closing in on the signing of Sergio Reguilon as they seek to beat Manchester United to sign the Real Madrid defender.
Having signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Republic of Ireland international Matt Doherty, Spurs are keen to make more additions before the October 5 transfer deadline.
And Reguilon is firmly in their sights as Jose Mourinho looks to add another competitor to Ben Davies and Ryan Sessegnon in the left-back spot.
The recently-capped Spain international has the subject of talks between the north London club and Real Madrid of late.
Now, David Ornstein of The Athletic says that while a deal is not yet done, Spurs are making progress and that an agreement for the permanent acquisition of the player is not far from fruition.
Exclusive: Tottenham close to agreeing deal for Spain left-back Sergio Reguilon on permanent transfer from Real Madrid. Not done but highly possible. Man Utd have also held discussions for 23yo but no agreements with him or #RMFC @TheAthleticUK #THFC #MUFC https://t.co/1wgFAAEKUK
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 15, 2020
United have held discussions with Los Blancos about the 23-year-old but have not been able to broker a deal.
The report adds that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is not a fan of Reguilon despite his excellent season on loan at Europa League winners Sevilla last term.
Zidane, who coached Reguilon when he was in charge of the club's reserve team Real Madrid Castilla, is happy to see the player sold given he has Ferland Mendy and Marcelo in that position.
No fee is mentioned but it has been regularly suggested this summer that Reguilon would cost somewhere between 23million and 27m.
And while Spurs boss Mourinho already has Davies and Sessegnon as options at left-back, Reguilon would provide more cut and thrust offensively than the Welshman while Sessegnon is yet to be given a chance as a regular starter despite the club's faith in the 20-year-old.
Sevilla had previously been keen to re-sign the player but have instead opted to recruit Mexican Marcos Acuna from Sporting Lisbon permanently.
Reguilon made 38 appearances for Sevilla last season, supplying three goals and five assists across all competitions.
Today afternoon, Tottenham made an official bid for 30m to Real for Reguilon. #THFC have accepted also the "buy back clause" and the "pre-emption clause" [refused both by #MUFC], so Real Madrid can match any other bid in the future to bring back Reguilon. 2 #MUFC #THFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 15, 2020
And he may not be the only Spurs arrival from the Spanish capital as they make a concerted effort to bring wide-man Gareth Bale back to London.
The Wales international, 31, spent six years with Spurs before joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a then-world record 85m fee.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is keen to try and bring Bale back to the club on a loan deal with Bale also out of favour under Zidane at the Bernabeu.
But United are also linked to former left-back Bale as they look at potential alternatives to Jadon Sancho, who Borussia Dortmund want 108m for.
United will not stump up that money for the 20-year-old England star even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to bring him to Old Trafford.
Bale could emerge as a cheaper option although he will surely have to accept a significant wage reduction from his current 600,000 pay-packet.