Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon is in talks to join Chelsea, with discussions already at an advanced stage, sources have told ESPN.
The defender, 23, has attracted interest from a number of top European clubs after impressing in La Liga this season on loan at Sevilla.
Chelsea’s No. 1 left-back target this year has been Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, but negotiations have proved difficult. Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan had all made inquiries about Reguilon this summer, but multiple sources have told ESPN that Chelsea are now favourites to land him.
Discussions are ongoing as to whether the deal would be a loan move or a purchase for a fee of around €25 million.
The Real Madrid youth product broke into the first team in the 2018-19 season with Santiago Solari as coach, replacing the veteran Marcelo in the starting XI.
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When coach Zinedine Zidane requested the signing of Ferland Mendy from Lyon in the same position last summer, the decision was taken to send Reguilon to Sevilla on loan.
He has emerged as one of the best full-backs in La Liga this year, becoming an undisputed starter under former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui, and helping the team finish in the Champions League places.
Sevilla were also keen to keep him, but sources have told ESPN the player prefers to test himself with a new challenge in the Premier League.
Reguilon is now represented by Kia Joorabchian — agent to Philippe Coutinho and Willian among others — who is leading talks alongside Reguilon’s long-term adviser Borja Couce.
Frank Lampard has been keen to find a left-sided alternative to provide competition for Marcos Alonso, with Chilwell previously the leading candidate.
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Like Alonso, Reguilon is known for being a fiercely competitive character, as well as for his attacking instincts, pace and final ball.
Information from ESPN’s London correspondent James Olley was also used in this report
The left fullback position has been a problem spot for Frank Lampard with neither Emerson or Marcos Alonso convincing. It was believed that the London based club were interested in Alex Telles of FC Porto and Ben Chillwell of Leicester City, but the former is expected to move to PSG and the latter is pricing the club out of a move with an €80 million price tag. Given that the Blues are close to finalizing a near ~€100 million offer for Kai Havertz, Chelsea would need to look at cheaper alternatives for the left back position to comply with FFP thus pushing their interest of Reguilon.
Reports have suggested that Real Madrid may sell the full back for as little as €20 million. Yvan Lee Mee, Ferland Mendy’s agent, said it best last summer: “Contrary to popular belief, the left-back position is the most requested after that of a striker because they’re very difficult to find.” With quality left-back’s being a rare commodity and with a host of suitors, Madrid would be wise to increase the price if they truly are prepared to part ways with the talented La Fabrica graduate.
In a move that may signal Reguilon’s intentions this summer, the 23-year-old changed his representative to super agent Kia Joorbichian.
The agent represents some of the biggest names in the game including Philippe Coutinho, Riyad Mahrez, and David Luiz. Despite an ageing Marcelo, Reguilon may not want to stay at Madrid and fight Ferland Mendy for a starting position when amble opportunities would be available to him elsewhere in Europe.
Reguilon’s future will likely be one of the hot topics of the summer for Real Madrid and their fan base.
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