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Chelsea, Arsenal ‘best positioned’ to sign Real Madrid left back Sergio Reguilón — report

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One of the more recent and prominent names to join the Chelsea rumor mill has been left back Sergio Reguilón, who’s finishing up his season on loan at Sevilla from Real Madrid.

He is regarded as a cheaper (€20-25m) solution to the club’s massive left back problem, especially when compared with someone like Ben Chilwell, who’d cost at least three times as much since his Leicester City are not keen on selling, and he still has four years left on his contract. Meanwhile, despite his rise to prominence in La Liga this season, Real Madrid are willing to sell Reguilón. And demand has not been slow, including from Sevilla, who’d love to keep him for next season as well.

But according to Spanish newspaper AS (via Sport Witness), Chelsea and Arsenal are the two teams “best positioned” for the 23-year-old’ signature. In Chelsea’s case, that’s due to the Champions League football that we can offer in addition to the Premier League action, while in Arsenal’s case, it has a lot to do with agent Kia Joorabchian’s influence. The superagent who seems to be running the Gunners’ transfer department these days, recently became Reguilón’s agent as well.

The two teams are said to be ahead of the likes of Napoli, who are also chasing after the defender but cannot offer either Champions League nor Premier League football. They might however be more open to Madrid’s supposed insistence on a buyback clause — which is certainly a smart bit of business on their part.

Still, even with a buyback, Reguilón would be a more reasonable signing for Chelsea than the much more expensive Chilwell, who might not be that much better at the end of the day.