Manchester United stance on Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon amid Tottenham transfer talks
Manchester United are unlikely to intervene as Tottenham close in on re-signing Gareth Bale.
The MEN understands United had no plans to buy Bale, 31, in a permanent deal but had refused to rule him out as an emergency loan option amid an impasse in negotiations for Jadon Sancho.
Bale was open to joining United but no contact was made with his representatives and Spurs have accelerated plans for Bale to return to the club he left seven years ago.
Spurs are also believed to be close to signing Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon, monitored by United due to uncertainty over their full-back situation. The MEN reported last week a left-back was not deemed a priority by United in the current transfer window and no move for Reguilon was ever planned.
Although Spurs are on the verge of bolstering their squad with two additions from Real Madrid, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is believed to view both acquisitions as opportunistic and still regards a striker to support Harry Kane as their priority.
The finale to United’s own window seems set to be dominated by whether they can reach a breakthrough in talks for Sancho, despite Borussia Dortmund’s bullishness he will stay beyond deadline day on October 5.
Negotiations are continuing between United and Sancho’s agent Emeka Obasi but United are adamant they will not meet Dortmund’s €120million (£110m) valuation with an up-front fee. Newly-promoted sides Leeds and Fulham have outspent United so far this summer.
United were never in the running for Bale last year when he appeared set to join Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning after years of pursuing the forward.
Mourinho encouraged Bale to push for a move to United in 2017 but the Wales international refused despite losing his first-team status under Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. Privately, Bale was flattered by Mourinho’s approach but reluctant to give up on his Madrid career having signed a new contract the previous year.
United were prepared to offer a world record fee of £86million to prise Bale from Tottenham in 2013 but the Welshman was set on joining Madrid. Sir Alex Ferguson was unhappy Southampton did not inform United they were selling Bale to Spurs when he was a teenager in 2007.
Reguilon, 23, impressed United’s recruitment department during his season on loan at Sevilla and has cemented his place in the Spain side, but United have the fit-again Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams available for the start of the season.