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Sergio Reguilon to Tottenham official as Mourinho gets left back

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Tottenham Hotspur have officially signed Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.

It’s a move that may signal a 3-man back line for Jose Mourinho, as Reguilon can fly forward on the left in the same manner the coach likes from Matt Doherty and Serge Aurier on the right.

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Reguilon, 23, had a tremendous season on loan to Sevilla last season but was stuck behind Marcelo and expensive Ferland Mendy in Real’s left side.

He was highly-rated in most metrics for Sevilla last season, scoring three times and posting six assists as the side won the Europa League under coach Julen Lopetegui.

Reguilon averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, and completed 1.6 dribbles per game in La Liga play last season.

There could, of course, be an adjustment period but it would be surprising to see Reguilon not make a positive impact on Spurs.

 

Transfer news: Reguilon to Arsenal; Telles to Man United

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In the latest transfer news Sergio Reguilon to Arsenal is gathering steam, while Alex Telles to Manchester United is also gaining momentum as Iberian-based left backs to the Premier League is the main focus.

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Let’s dig in on the latest transfer news in the Premier League.


Sergio Reguilon to Arsenal over Manchester United

Starting in north London, it is believed that Sergio Reguilon to Arsenal could happen, as the Gunners are battling Manchester United and Sevilla to sign the Spanish left back on a permanent basis.

According to our partners at Sky Sports, Reguilon to Arsenal is now a possibility but Real Madrid want a buy-back clause in any deal due to the huge potential of the talented left back. Real currently have Marcelo and Ferland Mendy as their left back options.

Reguilon, 23, was a star on loan at Sevilla in 2019-20 but is not needed at Real Madrid and is available for transfer. Reguilon was previously linked with Chelsea but they signed Ben Chilwell instead, and although Man United have shown interest in the attacking full back, it is believed Arsenal are also in the hunt for the Spanish international.

Where would Reguilon fit in at Arsenal? With Ainsley-Maitland Niles perhaps leaving for Wolves, this could be a good replacement at left wing back. Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka are Mikel Arteta’s other options at left back and given Tierney’s form during the second half of last season, spending their limited transfer cash on Reguilon would be a strange one for Arsenal.

Likewise, Reguilon to Man United would be a little strange as Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams occupy those areas but Reguilon would be an upgrade on them both. Watch this space.

Alex Telles to Manchester United

It seems like United do have another left back option lined up, though, as Alex Telles to Manchester United is in the works.

A report from Portuguese outlet A Bola says that Telles’ agent has traveled to speak with Man United who want to sign the FC Porto and Brazilian full back. The talented left back has under a year left on his contract and has consistently been one of the best defenders in Portugal in recent seasons.

Telles, 27, was also a target for Chelsea earlier in the transfer window but it appears Man United will secure the deal for the Brazilian defender who will push Shaw and Williams at left back, while give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more options when he wants to play a 4-3-3 or a 3-4-3.

He is an attacking full back who scored 11 goals and added eight assists last season and United do need to add a bit more experience to their defensive unit. Given the amount of money they’ve spent in recent windows, a cut-price deal for Telles would be a shrewd move.

Sevilla ends Manchester United’s Europa League dreams

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Manchester United – Sevilla: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quest for a first trophy as Manchester United’s manager died at the hands of Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla in a 2-1 Sunday exit from the Europa League semifinals in Germany.

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An early Bruno Fernandes penalty did not hold up as United’s finishing and defense failed them on Suso’s 26th-minute equalizer and the decisive 78th-minute connection from Jesus Navas to super sub Luuk de Jong.

Solskjaer’s men lost in the semifinal stage of a third tournament after falling in the League Cup (Chelsea) and FA Cup (Manchester City).

Sevilla will face Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk in Cologne for Friday’s Europa League Final.


Three things we learned

1. Lopetegui’s subs pay off, questions left for sleepy Solskjaer: Left back Brandon Williams was nowhere to be found when Suso tapped in the opener, and where in the world was Aaron Wan-Bissaka when super sub Luuk de Jong was alone in front to poke fellow sub Munir El Haddadi’s cross past De Gea.

The match was in the 80th minute at that point and United had been tame for at least 10 minutes. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be answering plenty of questions about whether a tactical or personnel shake-up could’ve changed the game before his three 87th-minute subs. Maybe he was asleep at the switch and did not have answers; Mwas betting on extra time, but United never got there and Juan Mata, Daniel James, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah had all of three minutes plus stoppage to make an impact.

2. Another hot goalkeeper keeps United at bay: Montreal-born Moroccon international Yassine “Bono” Bounou was beaten in the first half from the penalty spot but otherwise impeccable, days after United was frustrated until an extra time break through against Copenhagen’s Karl-Johan Johnsson. United outshot Sevilla 20-9 but failed to find its finishing boots.

3. Asleep, asleep, asleep: This third section was going to be called “Pogba quietly brilliant” before a bit of laziness helped inspire Sevilla’s winner.

Don’t get us wrong, that’s not just on Pogba, as Lindelof can’t get a piece of the cross and Wan-Bissaka is doing… something?

De Gea can’t conjure a quick reaction or magical save and Solskjaer remains free of anything shiny.

This is how controlling performances end up as losses, and Sevilla took advantage of two sloppy, sleepy errors.

Man of the Match:

It’s obviously Bono, but let’s wax a bit over United’s top performer.

What if United never met Bruno’s asking price? It’s a question worth asking as the Portuguese playmaker continues to look the best player on every nearly every pitch he’s graced since arriving from Sporting Lisbon. The penalty was nice, but his day was so much more than that.

Fernandes had five key passes before the hour mark, according to SofaScore, and completed all of his long balls and crosses to that point.


Manchester United – Sevilla recap

United won a penalty inside of seven minutes when Martial swept Rashford into the box. The striker’s shot was wayward but he was clattered into and required medical treatment.

Fernandes used a hopping, stuttered run-up to splash a shot into the upper 90 for 1-0 in the ninth minute.

De Gea parried a Diego Ocampos shot in the 16th as Sevilla bid to level the scoreline.

Sevilla found that equalizer through Sergio Reguillon’s cross through the 18, with Harry Maguire and especially Brandon Williams out to lunch for Suso to stroke home at the back post.

Sevilla keeper Bono made a two-fisted save of a knuckling Rashford free kick in the 39th as the match flew to halftime.

Bono’s role grew in importance after the break, styming Anthony Martial off a Fernandes feed before the Portuguese’s shot was blocked out for a corner.

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Martial was again on Bono’s stoop in the 52nd minute, a save coming from the Morocco a moment before yet another.

Julen Lopetegui and Sevilla wanted a penalty when a close-range free kick deflected off the elbow of a leaping United wall member in the 73rd minute but VAR withheld the on-field call.

Another cross evaded the United’s center backs and there wasn’t a full back to bail them out when Lindelof couldn’t get a boot on Jesus Navas’ cross to De Jong and De Gea could not make a save.

Solskjaer made his first subs in the 87th minute, bringing in defender Fosu-Mensah, Mata, and James for Wan-Bissaka, Williams, and Rashford. Odion Ighalo followed in the 90th, but it was too late. The air was out of the balloon.

Report: Chelsea in Reguilon talks; 10 players up for sale

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Chelsea are said to be in talks to sign Real Madrid left back Sergio Reguilon who had a fine season on loan at Sevilla in La Liga.

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Frank Lampard is keen to improve his left back options with both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmeri deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Ben Chilwell but Leicester City want over $100 million for the England international, while Reguilon would cost close to $23.4 million.

Reguilon, 23, is a product of Real Madrid’s academy and with the Spanish champions eager to cut costs and raise funds for new players this summer, he is available for a permanent move as Everton have already put in a bid for him.

Numerous reports state that Chelsea are in talks over a deal for Reguilon and given that Real Madrid have Marcelo and Ferland Mendy at left back, they are set in that position. Reguilon, who was voted the best left back in La Liga last season, would be the cheaper option compared to Chilwell and there’s no doubt Chelsea need to upgrade their defensive unit.

As for outgoings to help them fund new deals, our partners in the UK at Sky Sports say that Chelsea are looking to sell up to 10 players this summer and have made several players available for permanent transfers away from Stamford Bridge.

Per the report, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Antonio Rudiger, Alonso, Emerson, Victor Moses, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Michy Batshuayi are all up for sale, while other reports state N’Golo Kante could also move on.

This would be some overhaul for Lampard but given that Chelsea have spent over $100 million on bringing in forwards Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, plus a $93 million move for Kai Havertz is in the works, they need some outgoings to fuel their spending.

It is no surprise that six of the aforementioned players are defenders as the Blues conceded the highest number of goals in the top half of the Premier League table in 2019-20 and that negated their fine attacking displays.

A new goalkeeper, left back and two center backs must be their priority this summer as Lampard is on the right track, especially in attack, but new defensive additions will be key to turning Chelsea into title contenders instead of being top four hopefuls.