Leeds United transfer target Nahitan Nandez has been linked with a move to Atalanta, with reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano providing the update.
The Lowdown: Nandez linked with Leeds move
The Whites have seemingly been doing their utmost to sign Nandez this summer, with endless reports claiming that he could move to Elland Road.
The Uruguay international has stayed put at Cagliari for the time being, although it looks as though he will move on before the transfer window closes.
The Latest: Atalanta emerge as suitors
Taking to Twitter to provide an update on the situation, Romano claimed that Atalanta could now acquire Nandez’s signature, buying him in a swap deal with Sam Lammers.
The journalist posted:
“Atalanta are in talks with Cagliari for potential swap deal: Nahitan Nández to Atalanta, Sam Lammers to Cagliari. Both clubs are considering this chance.
“Tottenham are out of the race for Nández – still working to complete Pape Sarr deal in the next hours/days.”
The Verdict: Increasingly unlikely
With each passing day, it looks increasingly unlikely that Nandez will become a Leeds player, which is an undoubted blow for Marcelo Bielsa.
The 25-year-old, who earns £42,000 per week at Cagliari, would be a perfect signing in the middle of the park, complementing Kalvin Phillips and making the Whites a more formidable outfit. A total of eight yellow cards and one red in Serie A last season outline his tenacious style, but he is also a talented footballer, averaging one key pass and 1.2 dribbles per game.
Alas, after unsuccessfully courting him for several weeks and with a Champions League club like Atalanta in talks with the Uruguayan, it’s hard to envisage Leeds winning his particular transfer battle.
In other news, Leeds ‘ hopes of signing one Premier League player have suffered a blow. Find out who it is here.
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