Sergio Reguilon: Everything You Need To Know

Real Madrid 'set to let Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain target Sergio Reguilon leave for £22.4m' | Daily Mail Online
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Over the last couple of days, Manchester United have been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon. Reports from sources like Fabrizio Romano suggest that United have been offered the left-back and a decision will be made in the coming week. On the back of an amazing loan campaign with Sevilla, the Spanish champions want to move him on to another club before they can integrate him into their first team. While Reguilon has been offered to a number of clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham Hotspur, Napoli and even a move back to Sevilla, it is believed Manchester United are ahead of the pack. The Spaniard is said to be worth about €25 million but there is a catch. 

Since he is a promising prospect, Real Madrid wants to include a buy-back clause in his contract. A buy-back clause would mean that at the end of any season, Real Madrid can buy Sergio Reguilon back from Manchester United for a price that will be agreed to between the two clubs and inserted into his contract. As Manchester United are not a selling club, a buy-back clause will be unacceptable to the board and Ed Woodward. A deal will have to be reached wherein United pay more than the €25 million and get the buy-back clause removed. The fee is said to be no problem to United who have currently moved their entire focus on the transfer of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

Who is Sergio Reguilon?

Sergio Reguilon is a 23-year-old Spanish left-back. He has been in the Real Madrid youth set-up for the last 7 years and moved away from the Spanish capital last season for some playing time. He joined Sevilla where he helped them finish top 4, level on points with Atletico Madrid and won the Europa League knocking Manchester United out in the semi-finals.
Playing style: Reguilon is a very attack-minded left-back, who isn’t shy of having a shot at goal. He scored 3 goals and provided 5 assists in the 2019/20 season. He thrives in attacking positions and averages 25 touches in the final third, per 90. He has also attempted about 4 crosses per 90 thus creating plenty of chances. He has a distinctive dash wherein he dribbles deep into the opponent’s half causing a lot of problems and panic in their defence. Another attribute of Reguilon is that he is very comfortable playing the inverted full-back role. This means that he is good at cutting in and operating from more central areas of the pitch while looking for line-breaking passes and attacking options.

Should United Buy Him?

Yes! Even though left-back is not the club’s priority at the moment, it should be a position that we look to strengthen in. Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams are the only options and neither of them are very reliable. Shaw is injury-prone and has almost never gone a full season without an injury. Brandon Williams is young and is certainly not ready for regular first-team football. But we bring in Reguilon and suddenly our defence looks much better. With healthy competition, Shaw will look to improve his game even further and Williams will be in the spotlight lesser, which will do wonders for his development at this age.
With the signing of Sergio Reguilon, we will now have another player who can help us unlock teams that play with a low-block. If he strikes up a partnership with Marcus Rashford, our left-hand side can be very dangerous, going forward. We will be able to commit one more man in attack with who can effectively make contributions on the business end of the pitch.
All said and done, a top left-back for just €25 million is a very good bargain that Manchester United should think very hard about before passing up. Looking at some of the best left-backs in the world at the moment like Alphonso Davies, Andrew Robertson and Marcelo and I can’t help but think that Reguilon will be in that list very soon. And Manchester United need to be signing such world-beaters at the moment to start competing again. 

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