Leeds United remain interested in signing Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez in this summer transfer window.
Reports in recent weeks had suggested that Marcelo Bielsa is eyeing up a summer move for the 25-year-old, with Italian publication La Nuova Sardegna even claiming that the Whites were ready to pay the €36m (£31m) release clause in order to bring him to Elland Road.
Then, Fabrizio Romano claimed that Serie A giants Inter had opened talks over landing Nandez themselves, appearing to dash Leeds’ hopes of signing him.
But now, Italian publication TuttoMercatoWeb have revealed that the Premier League side have reignited their interested in the Uruguayan dynamo.
They claim that negotiations with Inter have appeared to have broken down, with Bielsa’s side now said to be “back in strongly” for Nandez and that they have opened talks with both Cagliari and the midfielder’s entourage ahead of a possible move.
Nandez to Leeds just has the feel of a never-ending transfer saga doesn’t it?
Reports first emerged last year that Leeds were keen on signing the Uruguay international, and it’s clear that the midfielder is a long-term target of Bielsa’s and would also offer a lot at Elland Road were he to join.
Speaking to This Is Futbol, Serie A football expert, Conor Clancy, said: “Anywhere Bielsa wants to play him, he’d do a job. I like him a lot. I think he’s only about five foot seven, but you wouldn’t know it if you just watched clips of him, he is a little bit of a machine. He’s so powerful but at the same time, has really, really good ball control.”
As per SofaScore, he averaged 1.8 tackles and won 6.1 duels per game in Serie A last term, which favours quite well when you compare him to Leeds talisman Kalvin Phillips – the Whites powerhouse averaged 2.6 tackles and won 5.3 duels per match in the Premier League.
His performances for Cagliari even led journalist Mina Rzouki to say: “Cagliari’s Nandez is one of the most underrated players. God he’s been so amazing, especially in Cagliari’s last 3 games. He scored the equaliser against Napoli. Man of the match in the win against Udinese. Against Roma – just wow. Unstoppable.”
The £19.8m-rated Nandez appears to be the ideal solution to Bielsa’s lack of real midfield cover at Elland Road right now, with his combination of work rate and technique making him a perfect fit for the Leeds boss.
The fact Robin Koch was deployed by Bielsa in Phillips’ absence against Manchester United at the weekend spoke volumes about the lack of options the Leeds boss at his disposal when his main man can’t take to the field.
Nandez would address that desperate need.