Leeds United’s pursuit of Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez has reportedly stalled, but there is still confidence that the move will go through eventually.
The Lowdown: Leeds push for Nandez move
The Whites have been linked with a host of new signings ahead of the summer transfer window, as Marcelo Bielsa looks to improve his squad further.
One player who has been endlessly tipped to join Leeds is Nandez, who is currently on international duty with Uruguay at Copa America.
The Latest: Midfielder could join on loan
There has been an on-off nature to the saga, however, and a fresh update has now been provided.
The Whites still believe a deal can be completed, though, with the report suggesting the delay could simply be down to Victor Orta and co focusing their attentions on wrapping up a deal for Junior Firpo.
The Verdict: Not ideal
If Leeds do manage to acquire Nandez’s signature, it could be a fantastic piece of business.
The Uruguayan could bring Kalvin Phillips-like qualities to the Whites’ midfield, biting into tackles – he averaged 1.8 per game in Serie A last season – but also using the ball intelligently (one key pass per match in the league in 2020/21).
For context, Phillips boasted 2.6 tackles and 1.2 key passes per game in the league this season, so perhaps Nandez arrives as the perfect understudy.
The £19.8million-rated South American is also approaching what should be his peak years, so Leeds would be snapping him up at just the right time.
That said, it is hardly ideal if the transfer drags on long into pre-season – Bielsa will surely want time to bed any new arrivals into his extremely intense and specific system.
In other news, Leeds have reportedly made contact with one of their many rumoured left-back targets. Find out who it is here.
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