Barcelona insiders have ruled out a transfer raid on Tottenham for left-back Sergio Reguilon amid talk of a potential swap deal, according to a report.
Reguilon moved to Spurs as a Jose Mourinho signing in the summer of 2020. And while he has continued to play a key role under current manager Antonio Conte, he has had links with a move away.
Firstly, Real Madrid have a £33.6million buy-back clause in the sale they negotiated with Tottenham.
Reports in February claimed that Los Blancos are more and more likely to activate the clause, which expires at the end of May.
More recently, though, Barcelona have supposedly registered interest in Spain international Reguilon.
According to an update from AS journalist Javi Miguel, though, Barca’s technical staff have ruled out a move.
In fact, those inside the Camp Nou ‘do not contemplate’ a move for the 25-year-old.
Barcelona do supposedly want a left-back in this summer’s transfer window. However, they have reportedly identified Valencia’s Jose Gaya as their top target.
At centre-back, Gerard Pique is still the standout figure. But, at 35 he will not be around for too much longer. As a result, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza and Eric Garcia are among the more long-term options.
Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui is another key target. Xavi already has exciting midfield ranks with teenagers Pedri and Gavi leading the way, while January signings Adama Traore, Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are starring up front.
However, Miguel reports that Reguilon is not a target at left-back.
And Spurs’ potential hopes of a swap deal have subsequently faded. The initial report linking Barcelona with interest claimed that Memphis Depay or Clement Lenglet could move to London as part of a transfer.
Reguilon has played 64 times for Tottenham, scoring two goals and assisting nine others. He has made five of those contributions this season, all in the Premier League.
Reguilon mirrors Tottenham inconsistency
The left-back has had an inconsistent season in north London, much like some of his team-mates.
In fact, he has recently had to battle with Ryan Sessegnon for his place. Conte now has two options for the position.
Overall, Spurs are still fighting for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
They sit six points off fourth-placed Arsenal and still have to play their derby rivals at at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Despite their inconsistencies, though, Martin Keown has said that he thinks Conte’s side will finish fourth.