Leeds United are still interested in making a move for Cagliari and Uruguay midfielder Nahitan Nandez, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Lowdown: Nandez a long-time target
The 26-year-old has remained at Cagliari for the time being, continuing to be a regular starter in Sardinia, but he could be allowed to leave in the January transfer window.
With Kalvin Phillips out injured, Leeds may be eyeing up a move for a midfielder, and an update has been provided on their pursuit of Nandez.
The Latest: Journalist provides fresh hope
Speaking to Give Me Sport, O’Rourke claimed that Leeds could still get a deal done, whether it is this month or in the summer.
He said: “Nandez at Cagliari has been a long-term target for Leeds. They tried to sign him in the summer so I’m sure they’ll be looking to revisit that one as well.”
The Verdict: No-brainer for Leeds
Nandez looks to be a tailor-made Leeds signing who could well suit Bielsa’s infamously intense style of play, and he could be the ideal man to come in and fill the Phillips-shaped void in the Whites’ midfield.
Hailed as a “machine” by Serie A expert Conor Clancy, the £16.2m-rated Uruguay international has won 2.4 aerial duels per game in Serie A this season, as well as averaging two tackles per match and chipping in with a couple of assists, showing what an all-round presence he offers.
Nandez’s tenacious style, coupled with his quality on the ball, would bring much-needed experience and poise to Leeds’ midfield at a time when Phillips’ absence could hurt them so much. Hopefully O’Rourke’s suggestion that the Whites could go back in for him proves accurate.
In other news, Leeds have also been backed to sign a Premier League player. Find out who it is here.
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