Leeds United could reignite their interest in Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez in January, with the Uruguayan reportedly allowed to leave.
The Lowdown: Leeds linked with Nandez all summer
The Whites were endlessly linked with a move for the 25-year-old in the summer transfer window, with some reports even claiming Victor Orta and co were in ‘advanced negotiations’ at one point, but the transfer failed to materialise.
Instead, Nandez stayed put at Cagliari for the time being and he has made six Serie A appearances to date so far this season.
The Latest: January move on the cards?
It looks as though the 44-time capped Uruguay international could still be on the move this season, however, with his agent telling Calcio Napoli 24 [via Sport Witness] that Cagliari have agreed to let him leave:
“Cagliari? Giulini has promised the player and me to do everything possible so that he leaves in the January market.
“Nandez wants to win something; he wants to play in the Champions League. The president has given us his word, Nandez has been the most expensive player in Cagliari’s history, but we know the crisis there has been.
“Goodbye on loan or outright? I think he will sell him at a lower price than the one requested, there is a 36 million clause, but the president spoke yesterday with Nandez and told him that he will lower the price and let him leave.”
While Leeds aren’t specifically mentioned in the report, it means they could have the green light to go back in for him.
The Verdict: Perfect midfield addition
Nandez, hailed as ‘unstoppable’ and ‘amazing’ by Serie A pundit Mina Rzouki, remains an excellent option for the Whites, considering his all-round effectiveness as a midfielder.
He has averaged 1.7 tackles per game in the league this season, but also 1.8 dribbles, showing he could give Marcelo Bielsa’s squad a much-needed boost in quality on both sides of the ball.
With Kalvin Phillips also possibly on the move next summer, if some reports are to be believed, it is essential that he is replaced with a top-quality option.
While Nanded’s agent mentions a desire for Champions League football, perhaps a January loan with an option to buy could work for all parties, as it’s hard to imagine the midfielder not wanting to stay after 6 months getting his teeth into Premier League action.
In other news, Leeds United have suffered an injury setback to a key player. Find out who it is here.
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