Leeds United are expected to submit a bid for Nahtian Nandez in the coming weeks and he would be the perfect signing for manager Marcelo Bielsa…
According to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb, the Yorkshire giants could soon ‘make a proposal’ to Cagliari for the 26-year-old midfielder before this month’s transfer deadline.
The Uruguay international has regularly been linked with a switch to Elland Road and is now thought to be valued at around €20m (£18m).
Nandez has not featured for the Serie A outfit since being withdrawn early with an injury during the Rossoblù’s heavy 4-0 defeat to Udinese before the winter break.
It’s thought that the addition of a new central midfielder is amongst the Whites’ biggest priorities this window.
“To my mind, failing to add a midfielder [in the summer] was a mistake and it looks like the priority the club need to focus on in the coming window. You can go back to the interest in Michael Cuisance to see how long they’ve actually been after a player in that area,” recently suggested the reliable Phil Hay of The Athletic.
Indeed, Leeds have not bolstered Bielsa’s engine room with sufficient quality in several seasons now and with players like Mateusz Klich underperforming and Kalvin Phillips on the treatment table, the need for reinforcements in the middle could be key.
The Argentine would surely love a new midfielder and Nandez fits the bill immensely.
Standing at a diminutive 5 foot 7, the ball-winning powerhouse is still strong and would be capable of featuring in a high-pressing system.
“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,” Italian football expert Conor Clancy once told This is Futbol.
Meanwhile, during the current campaign, the Cagliari star is averaging two tackles, 1.5 dribbles and 1.1 key passes per game, via WhoScored, which merely goes to show his ability to win the ball and then drive forward to make an impact in the final third.
It is that sort of industrious presence that will surely excite Bielsa, so director of football Victor Orta and chairman Andrea Radrizzani could do little wrong in splashing out £20m for a midfield beast ready-made for the football on offer in west Yorkshire.