When Real Madrid cash in on one of their most talented young players, it’s usually a case of ‘see you soon’ rather than ‘goodbye for good’.
A case in point; Dani Carvajal returned to the Santiago Bernabeu just 12 months after departing for Bayer Leverkusen.
Casemiro, Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata also made their way back to Madrid after impressing at Porto, Espanyol and Juventus. In each of those cases, Real Madrid took advantage of a ‘buy-back clause’ in their contracts.
The fact that Vazquez, Casemiro and Carvajal have 11 Champions League winners’ medals between them – despite costing a combined fee of around £12 million – is justification for Madrid’s methods.
It is, in some ways, a glorified loan system. One that revolves around shoving young, unproven players out into the big wide world and bringing them back when they’re deemed ready to compete at the elite level.
Albeit, for a fee.
Whether Sergio Reguilon has improved enough at Tottenham Hotspur to justify a second stab at life with Los Blancos is up for debate.
The Spain international was one of Spurs’ most consistent performers in 2020/21 but has found the going a bit tougher of late, losing his place to Ryan Sessegnon in Antonio Conte’s pecking order in recent weeks.
Nonetheless, Tottenham will be powerless to prevent Reguilon from returning to Real if, as expected, Madrid trigger the £34 million buy-back clause in the 25-year-old’s contract before their May 30th deadline (Sunday Mirror, 13th February, page 73).
A left-back is a top priority at the Bernabeu. Especially with Marcelo, the legendary Brazilian eight years Reguilon’s senior, out of contract.
Perhaps this is why Tottenham, according to Alfredo Pedulla, have added Genoa’s Andrea Cambiaso to their summer wishlist.
The Italy U21 international is a player Fabio Paratici knows well from his time in Serie A. The £12 million-rated Cambiaso, like Reguilon, has impressed as an attack-minded left-wing back, scoring once and setting up four more league goals goals for a struggling Genoa side this term.
Furthermore, he’s versatile and two-footed enough to fill in on the right if required. A la the limited but popular Matt Doherty.