Leeds United were heavily linked with a move for Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez during the summer transfer window and it seems as if they made an error in not bringing him to Elland Road.
According to Italian news outlet Centotrentuno, both Leeds and West Ham made offers for the Uruguayan in the summer but saw their bids for the 24-year-old rejected.
It was previously reported that Marcelo Bielsa saw him as the ‘perfect’ option for his midfield ahead of their Premier League campaign but the Yorkshire club were seemingly unwilling to pay Cagliari his release clause, which reportedly stands at €36 million (£32.5 million).
Despite being just 24, the midfielder has already earned 34 caps for his country and he is also capable of playing in a number of positions across midfield, suggesting that he would have been a solid addition to Bielsa’s squad.
Nandez’s agent Pablo Bentancur was full of praise for the midfielder last year after it was reported he was attracting interest from Inter, as he told CalcioMercato:
“I had no doubts about him adapting to Italian football, it’s a perfect league for his characteristics. Nandez is certainly a great player. The fans always like him because he leaves the last drop of sweat on the pitch.”
This sounds like exactly the sort of player that would do well with Leeds United, considering the amount of running Bielsa encourages his players to do in every game, so it seems as if the Yorkshire club missed out on a really strong potential addition.
Therefore, with his release clause still active, perhaps we will see Leeds return for Nandez in the January transfer window, as it could definitely be argued that they missed out by not signing him during the summer.
And, in other news… Bielsa will be fuming with 28-year-old’s abject display against Chelsea