Leeds ‘very close’ to signing Cagliari midfielder

Toby Bowles
Nandez Leeds Cagliari

Leeds United are homing in on Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez, according to reports.

Nandez, 25, starred at Boca Juniors before moving to Europe in 2019.

Leeds were interested in him that summer, with Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta keen to strengthen the squad ahead of a renewed push for promotion. Bielsa is thought to be a long-standing admirer of the Uruguayan, whose tenacity and work-rate are perfectly wedded to Leeds’ high-octane style of play.

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Reports have suggested it will take £31million (the full value of his release clause) to prise Nandez away from Cagliari, and Corriere dello Sport now claim the Yorkshire club are leading the race for his signature.

Other suitors include Inter Milan and Fiorentina, but the Italian newspaper says the former is yet to make a ‘concrete offer’ while the latter merely ‘observes’.

Nandez’s agent, Pablo Bentancur, told Tuttomercatoweb on Saturday: “It is very likely that Nandez will leave Cagliari. It is ready for a big one. We have had many contacts.

“However, the market is a bit slow due to Covid. In England someone asked for information, as well as in Italy. We are working.”

Elsewhere at Leeds, Kalvin Phillips continues to do his club proud at the Euros.

The midfielder started in each of England’s three group games, and is now preparing for an almighty tussle with Germany in the Round of 16.

Speaking on the BBC’s West Yorkshire Sport Daily, Phillips recounted the whirlwind of emotions the squad experienced as they found out who their opponents would be, with Group F climaxing dramatically on Wednesday night.

“We’d just had dinner and we turned on the Hungary-Germany game, but then we were flicking over to France-Portugal to see all the goals,” he said.

“It was crazy, a lot of mixed emotions, we didn’t know who we were going to be playing until obviously the game had finished.

“The results were up and down, even those during the day were crazy with lots of goals, so football wise, it was just a weird day. To be playing Germany now is very exciting.”