Barcelona tipped to rival Real Madrid for Sergio Reguilon

Tom Gott
Reguilon has attracted interest from Barcelona
Reguilon has attracted interest from Barcelona / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Barcelona's search for a new left-back has seen them turn to Tottenham Hotspur's Sergio Reguilon, although Real Madrid could yet activate the buy-back clause inserted in the deal to sell him in 2020.

The Blaugrana are looking for competition, and an eventual replacement, for Jordi Alba, who turns 33 on Monday. Jose Gaya of Valencia is known to be their preferred signing but the Spaniard could be set to renew his contract at the Mestalla, killing all hope of a move.

As a result, a whole host of other targets have been suggested, with Alex Telles of Manchester United and Alex Sandro of Juventus two of many names thrown into the ring.

Now, Sport claim that Reguilon has been added to Barcelona's lengthy shortlist, although both sides know that a deal could be complicated.

Under contract at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium until 2025, Reguilon would likely be the most expensive candidate on the radar but Barcelona believe they could move for the 25-year-old by offering players in exchange.

Notably, Spurs are said to be interested in centre-back Clement Lenglet and forward Memphis Depay, both of whom could be shipped out of Camp Nou this summer anyway as part of cost-cutting operations.

There's also the small matter of Real Madrid's buy-back clause on Reguilon to consider. Los Blancos can re-sign him for €40m and some outlets have tipped them to do so at the end of the season.

No talks have been held as of yet, with Barcelona keen to consider all their options. They have already scouted Benfica's Alex Grimaldo, a former La Masia star, while Mundo Deportivo note that scouts are also looking at RB Leipzig's Angelino and Javi Galan of Celta Vigo.

The focus, as of now, appears to be on Grimaldo. The 26-year-old is under contract at Benfica until 2023 and is said to be ready to move up a level, meaning he could be sold this summer before his transfer value starts to drop.