Manchester United now look set to sign Sergio Reguilon instead of Marc Cucurella with Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur giving permission for the Spain international to undergo a medical at the Old Trafford outfit.

Between the two Spaniards, Marc Cucurella appeared the more far more likely acquisition just 24 hours ago. Fabrizio Romano reported that Cucurella had agreed personal terms with Manchester United, while Chelsea were open to loaning a player who had fallen some way down the pecking order following his £60 million move from Brighton in 2022.

That was before Cucurella caught the eye for all the right reasons during Chelsea’s 2-1 Carabao Cup win over AFC Wimbledon; one of the very few who did, in truth, on a tense night at Stamford Bridge.

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Manchester United turn to Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon

What’s more, Man United wanted the option to terminate Cucurella’s short-term deal as soon as January. Both Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia should be back to full fitness by the New Year after all. Chelsea were not exactly enamoured about the prospect of that, however.

And, with Reguilon understood to be available for less than the £7 million fee required to bring in Cucurella on loan, both Romano and The Athletic’s David Ornstein are reporting that it is now a case of ‘full steam ahead’ Reguilon as Cucurella talks hit the buffers.

Tottenham have reportedly ‘granted permission’ for Reguilon to undergo a medical with United. A more palatable loan fee, meanwhile, should leave funds left over for the Red Devils to continue negotiations with Fiorentina for Ten Hag’s top midfield target, Sofyan Amrabat.

Reguilon must rediscover early Spurs form

Spurs paid an initial £28 million to sign Reguilon from Real Madrid back in 2020. The one-time Sevilla and Atletico loanee enjoyed a fine start to life in North London too; one of the better performers during the dying embers of the Jose Mourinho era. 

Reguilon ended his debut season at Tottenham with six assists. Like with Cucurella, United will be hoping they can help the Madrid-born 26-year-old rediscover the form that once put him among the Premier League’s standout full-backs.

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