Leeds reignite interest in ‘versatile’ Serie A midfielder

Jason Soutar
Nahitan Nandez

Leeds United have reignited their interest in Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez, according to reports in Italy.

The Whites were reportedly “very close” to signing the 25-year-old in June, but a deal failed to materialise.

Described as a versatile player who is ‘well suited’ to Leeds’ style of play, Nandez would be a welcome addition at Elland Road with Marcelo Bielsa keen to deepen his midfield options.

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Nandez would likely be eager for a move to the Premier League, but it was made clear at the start of the transfer window that his ‘dream move’ was Inter Milan.

However, their financial situation has made his signing very difficult.

And now Leeds could go back in for the Uruguayan, facing competition from Tottenham, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The player’s agent, Pablo Bentancur, told the Italian outlet in June: “It is very likely that Nandez will leave Cagliari. It is ready for a big one. We have had many contacts.”

It is rumoured that the midfielder would cost around €30million.

Leeds have already signed Norwegian goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson, Junior Firpo from Barcelona and Jack Harrison from Manchester City this summer, as they aim to build on their ninth place finish in 2020/21.

Bielsa’s men started off the new season in disappointing fashion, losing 5-1 against arch-rivals Manchester United.

And Gabby Agbonlahor has urged the Argentinian to adopt a more pragmatic approach when Leeds face the Premier League’s better sides.

The ex-Aston Villa striker described it as “naïve” to play at Old Trafford in such an open fashion.

“Leeds need to change their tactics for different games and they’ll get better results,” he said on talkSPORT. “How can you lose 6-2 last season and have the same tactics this season?

“It’s naïve from Leeds. Pushing too many bodies forward, allowing Manchester United to have that many players go forward.

“You have a Mason Greenwood one v one, Paul Pogba one v one, Bruno Fernandes running through the midfield with no one following him.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense and Leeds are going to get a lot of these defeats this season if they still play like that. You have to change your tactics for each game.

“It’s different if you’re playing Norwich, they’d probably get away with that. When you’re playing Manchester United, the first home game of the season, they’re always going to be on the front foot.

“Leeds need to change the way they play against bigger teams.”