Leeds United are interested in a move to bring Nahitan Nandez to Elland Road this summer.
That’s according to a report by La Nuova Sardegna (via Sport Witness), who claim that Marcelo Bielsa is insisting that his side make a move for the Cagliari Calcio central midfielder in the summer transfer window.
It is then reported that the 65-year-old is willing to spend a substantial amount of his transfer budget on the Uruguay international, who has a release clause of €36m (£31m) in his current contract with the Serie A side.
Considering just how impressive Nandez was for Cagliari last season, it is unsurprising that Bielsa is interested in a move for the 25-year-old this summer, even if it would seem unlikely that Victor Orta would sanction a move for the player at the price reported.
Indeed, over his 32 league appearances for Leonardo Semplici’s side last term, the £19.8m-rated defensive midfielder scored two goals, registered two assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of one shot and making one key pass per game.
The former Boca Juniors star also made an average of 0.7 interceptions, 1.8 tackles, 1.5 clearances and won a whopping 6.1 duels per fixture, with these returns seeing him earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.80, ranking him as Cagliari’s 11th-best performer in the top flight of Italian football.
As such, with Leeds somewhat in need of back up to and competition for Kalvin Phillips this summer, the man dubbed a “tireless” midfielder would appear to be an extremely astute signing for Victor Orta to get over the line for the Whites.
However, this is on the caveat that the director of football can negotiate a lower price than the reported £31m fee the Serie A side are believed to be demanding for the 25-year-old, although, considering how much it seems Nandez would suit Bielsa’s style of play, perhaps he is worth the cost.