On Saturday Tottenham hotspur has signed highly-rated left-back Sergio Reguilon, with Jose Mourinho securing a deal worth a reported £28 million ($36m) amid rival interest from Manchester United.
He quickly nailed down a regular role in their plans, becoming a full Spain international and Europa League winner along the way.
A collection of consistent and eye-catching performances saw Reguilon emerge as a top target for leading sides across the continent.
Sevilla had hoped that another agreement could be reached with La Liga rivals Real that allowed them to keep an emerging talent on their books.
Admiring glances were also shot in Reguilon’s direction from Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to bolster his ranks in Manchester.
United have, however, decided against pursuing a deal and will see a domestic foe benefit from the ability of a buccaneering full-back in 2020-21.
Spurs have already invested heavily in Matt Doherty during the current transfer window, with the Republic of Ireland international snapped up from Wolves.
He is being slotted in on the right of Mourinho’s defensive unit, with Reguilon now set to provide another fresh face on the left.
It could be that he forms a productive partnership with Gareth Bale down that flank, with Tottenham closing in on a second agreement with Real that will see them return a familiar face to north London in an initial season-long loan.