Marcelo Bielsa will have back-up plans after missing out on Cagliari star Nahitan Nandez, former Leeds United midfielder Carlton Palmer has told Football FanCast.
According to Sportitalia (via Football Italia), the Uruguay international has rejected Leeds and decided to join Inter Milan in a blow to Bielsa.
It comes as another huge setback for the Argentine this transfer window, with Leeds also falling short in the race to sign long-term target Rodrigo De Paul, who recently joined Atletico Madrid.
The Whites first registered an interest in signing the former Udinese man last summer but were unable to get anything done and have since watched him move to the Wanda Metropolitano.
It now looks like they will miss out on Nandez, too, but Palmer is not too concerned, confident Bielsa will have contingency plans in place.
“I’m sure Bielsa will have back-up plans,” the ex-Leeds star said. “He’ll bring some players in, but obviously you want to bring players in that fit to the mould of how you want to play and it’s very difficult.
“There’s a small group of players, talented players, which a lot of clubs will all be in the same hunt for.”
It has not been all doom and gloom for Leeds this transfer window, though, with the Yorkshire club finally bringing in a specialist left-back in Junior Firpo from Barcelona.