Tottenham secured the signing of Sergio Reguilon in mid-September, after the player had been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford instead. According to Spanish reports at the time, Manchester United had been completely against allowing Real Madrid to have a buyback clause for the left-back.

Madrid were insistent, and Reguilon also didn’t want to give up on his dream of making it with the Spanish giants. That allowed Jose Mourinho to swoop in and help Tottenham agree a move for the player, whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later got Alex Telles for Manchester United.

Real Madrid have a buyback clause which can be activated in either the summer 2021 or 2022 transfer windows. That appeared to be something for Spurs to forget about for now, but AS make it clear that Marcelo’s situation could soon see Madrid looking for a left-back.

The 32-year-old has been struggling with form and fitness, and he’s been partly blamed for the club’s surprise loss to Cadiz at the weekend.

Real Madrid ‘have a problem with Marcelo’, report AS and they suggest he could be relegated to a substitute role behind Ferland Mendy. An exit in the last summer window had been expected by some, with Juventus considered an option, however, Madrid exits and reduced finances elsewhere meant it didn’t happen.

Marcelo, the club’s second captain, is in an ‘alarming situation’, and it’s pointed out Madrid let both Reguilon and Achraf Hakimi leave on permanent deals in the last window. The latter usually plays on the right side, and has been used in a more attacking role by Inter Milan.

Of course, Marcelo’s woes bring the Reguilon buyback clause more into view, with the possibility of a quick Tottenham exit, and Madrid using their clause, likelier if the Brazilian looks to be on his way out.

Tottenham’s hope would be that Madrid dedicate their funds elsewhere, with big efforts for players including Kylian Mbappe being rumoured, rather than taking Reguilon back to Spain.