Man Utd new boy rejected by Premier League strugglers just days before transfer

Sergio Reguilon made his Manchester United debut against Brighton on Saturday, but the left-back only joined the club after Burnley turned down an offer to sign him.

Sergio Reguilon has joined Manchester United on loan from Tottenham((Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United were only able to complete a deal for Sergio Reguilon on deadline day as Burnley had already turned down an offer to sign him.

Tottenham defender Reguilon has joined United on a season-long loan deal, with a January break clause, as emergency cover at left-back. With Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malaysia out injured, Eric den Haag was desperate to find a replacement and chose Reguilen after rejecting Chelsea’s Mark Cugurella.

He could make his United debut against Brighton on Saturday after being left on the bench for Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat. To land him from Spurs, United agreed to pay Reguillon’s £120,000-a-week wages – something Burnley couldn’t do.

„Left-backs are a bit rare. Look at Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in world football,” Burnley’s chief operating officer Matt Williams told BBC Lancashire.

„Luke Shaw was injured and they took a player from Tottenham who was offered to us three or four days ago. It was a business decision that we didn’t sign him – salary, loan fees, etc.

United were initially reluctant to sign the left-back in the summer transfer window, but injuries to Shaw and the Malaysian left Den Haag feeling he had no choice. Diogo Dalot filled in against Arsenal, but Reguilon is expected to play against Brighton at Old Trafford a few weeks later at the training ground in Carrington.

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„He is a very experienced player, a player for big clubs, a player who has already played a lot of games in La Liga in the Premier League,” Den Haag said earlier this month. „So, he has a good background and we’ve seen him play very serious football, so we’re happy.”

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