Journalist Pete O’Rourke believes Leeds could make a January swoop for Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez, Give Me Sport report.
The Lowdown: Nandez a long-term target
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The 26-year-old is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt and has made 16 appearances in four different positions in 2021/22, perhaps suggesting he could solve Victor Orta’s quest for a number six and number eight in one swoop.
The Latest: O’Rourke’s comments
O’Rourke was talking to Give Me Sport regarding Nandez and a possible move to Yorkshire this month.
He labelled a winter window transfer as ‘a real possibility’, with reports suggesting he could be available for half the price compared to last summer.
“I think they tried to sign him from Cagliari in the summer but weren’t able to. So, if they think they can get him on a cheaper deal this January, there’s a real possibility that they maybe could come back in for him.”
The Verdict: Time to swoop?
It seems as if Nandez is a player who has been on Orta’s shortlist for a while, so now could be the ideal time to bring him to Yorkshire.
Described as a ‘powerful’ midfielder by Serie A expert Conor Clancy, Nandez fits the Bielsa profile when it comes to being versatile.
He’d bolster the club’s wide ranks, while also being able to play in a defensive or central midfield role. That could be needed straight away, should he arrive at Elland Road, especially as Kalvin Phillips has been ruled out until March.
More updates on Nandez will more than likely emerge before the end of the month, but as like in the summer, it could be one to keep a close eye on.
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