Tottenham Hotspur are set to revisit their interest in Nahitan Nandez this January, according to reports…
Italian journalist Nicolo Ceccarini has claimed (via Sport Witness) that Spurs were one of the clubs who were keen to sign the Uruguayan midfielder during the summer transfer window, something which Cagliari chief Stefano Capozucca has also confirmed, stating that the two parties even held talks.
Now it appears that the north London outfit have been given a second shot at signing him in 2022.
It’s thought that the Serie A club will sell if a ‘suitable offer’ arrives, though they would like to ‘cash in as much as possible.’
Calciomercato.it reported last month that Nandez had a €36m (£30.5m) release clause but Cagliari were prepared to offload him for around €26m (£22m), whilst Transfermarkt currently values the 44-time international at £19.8m.
Arguably, Nuno Santo’s midfield has not only lacked balance but genuine depth too. That much was seen during the weekend, when his engine room trio of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp looked quite some way off the mark.
Injuries meant that the Portuguese was forced into changes, with Dele Alli playing a wide role in the absence of Heung-min Son, whilst Tanguy Ndombele was overlooked and Giovani Lo Celso was unavailable for selection.
It makes the decision to not sign another midfielder look quite a disaster, especially as they held an interest in a player like Nandez, who would’ve improved Nuno’s options tenfold on Saturday.
Despite only being 5 foot 7, the Uruguay international has been described as “so powerful” and as “a machine” by Italian football expert Conor Clancy to This is Futbol.
Indeed, the little dynamo averaged 1.8 tackles and 6.1 duels won per game in Serie A, as per SofaScore, on top of averaging 10.95km per game, which rated out amongst the division’s top 20 players – industrious.
Throughout the course of his career, Nandez has also attempted 2.3 dribbles every 90 minutes, which suggests that he likes to try and bring the ball forward – something that the aforementioned Spurs trio failed to do on Saturday afternoon.
Lilywhites sporting director Fabio Paratici could make amends this January by launching a swoop for the Cagliari powerhouse. He must now present them with that ‘suitable offer’ in order to give Nuno a much-needed additional option in the heart of the pitch.