Manchester United are preparing an opening offer for Sergio Reguilón but are unwilling to match Real Madrid’s €30m (£27.2m) valuation of the Spain defender.

United have been monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation for several weeks, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær keen to provide competition to Luke Shaw at left-back. Reguilón, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, has three years left on his contract but is not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for the new season and it is understood that he would like to move to Old Trafford.

United are expected to make an offer below Real’s asking price in the hope of persuading them to sell a player who first joined the Spanish champions at the age of eight.