Yet it's current Tottenham who are frontrunners in the race to bring the forward back to the Premier League.
But his star has faded in the past couple of years after a run of injuries, indifferent form and a fractious relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane.
So now it's pretty clear that Manchester United are interested in Sergio Reguilon and it's only a matter of negotiating the right deal with Real Madrid.
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"We are talking. It's where he wants to go".
One obvious alternative is Porto's Alex Telles who only has a year left to his contract and can be bought for cheap, with some claiming he can be signed for as low as €15m.
Spurs have always been linked with a move for their former player - now out of favour at Real Madrid - with Manchester United also thought to be in the race.
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He started just one match when last season resumed after the coronavirus hiatus as Real clinched their first la Liga title since 2017.
Jose Mourinho accused his Tottenham players of "lazy pressing" during the Everton game and is believed to be keen on shaking up his squad with several more signings.
Real Madrid are keen to shift Bale and his big salary off the books, but the Wales worldwide has shown little sign of being willing to depart the Bernabeu.
Reguilon will become Tottenham's fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty, and Joe Hart.
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