On Thursday, United confirmed that they had triggered the break clause in Reguilon’s season-long loan, terminating the Spurs man’s contract.
Luke Shaw returned from injury at the end of 2023 – before a recent knock – and Tyrell Malacia will soon complete his rehabilitation after two knee surgeries that have sidelined him for the entire season.
They were expected to be the reasoning behind Ten Hag’s decision to cut ties with Reguilon, who made 12 appearances in the first half of the campaign.
However, The Sun report that United are hoping to recruit a new left-back after Reguilon’s planned departure despite Shaw and Malacia providing two solid options.
It’s claimed that Girona talent Miguel Gutierrez has emerged on the club’s radar, and scouts have watched the 22-year-old in action over the last few weeks.
United scouts were reportedly in attendance at Tuesday’s dramatic 4-3 victory against Atletico Madrid, continuing Girona’s surprise La Liga title challenge in a two-horse race with Real Madrid.
Gutierrez joined from Real Madrid in 2022 and has played a crucial role in the Spanish side’s sensational season, registering a goal and three assists in 20 games.
United are said to have been left impressed by his high football IQ and attacking qualities, which have also seen him courted by AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund, who had a £10.5million bid rejected in the summer.
The report adds that Girona could be convinced to sell for around £22m. However, Real could have a significant say in his future.
Gutierrez graduated from Los Blancos’ academy and made 10 senior appearances before leaving for Girona.
It’s claimed that Real still own 50 per cent of the Spain U21 international’s rights and possess a sell-on clause.
Real have the option to take Gutierrez back to the Santiago Bernabeu to sell him for a profit or cash in on his positive development to hand Carlo Ancelotti a new left-back.
But while the European giants hold the keys over his future, United could soften their stance as they prepare to cash in on Greenwood.
Real are reportedly among the vast La Liga interest in the 22-year-old forward amid his impressive exploits on loan at Getafe this term.
United could ensure Ancelotti and co hold an advantage against rival suitors, including Atletico and Barcelona, if that opens the door for a clear path to Gutierrez.
However, the Red Devils’ business this winter is unlikely to surpass a loan move, and the position in question will surely be a striker.