Talks ‘proceeding’ after Spurs make ‘first contact’ with Leeds target

Joe Williams
Nahitan Nandez Spurs

Spurs have entered the race to sign Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez this summer, according to reports in Italy.

The 25-year-old scored two goals and created two assists in 32 appearances last season as Cagliari avoided relegation by four points.

The aggressive midfielder has been a star player for the Serie A side since joining from Boca Juniors in 2019 for $20m (£14,5m).

Saint Harry Kane is a douche and that’s confusing…

West Ham were linked with Nandez in January 2020 but, with Hammers reportedly close to a loan deal, in the end nothing materialised.

Leeds United have been the main club linked to Nandez in this transfer window with a report in Italy in June suggesting the Yorkshire club were leading the race for the Uruguayan.

Marcelo Bielsa is thought to be a long-standing admirer of Nandez, whose tenacity and work-rate are perfectly wedded to Leeds’ high-octane style of play.

It is understood that it will take a bid of £31m, which is the player’s release clause, to lure him away from Cagliari this summer.

A possible deal went quiet in July and early August before a report on Monday suggested Leeds had reignited interest in Nandez.

And now Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Leeds have competition from fellow Premier League outfit Spurs, who are looking to add to their midfield this summer.

Di Marzio told Sky Sport in Italy (via CagliariNews24): “After the break with the rossoblù club, the Uruguayan is looking for a team. There were the first contacts from Paratici’s Tottenham and the negotiations are proceeding.

“The not easy summer of the midfielder began with the missed departure for the withdrawal and the delay in showing up for Cagliari training. In recent days, however, with a letter Nandez had explained his reasons, asking the company to respect its word.”

Meanwhile, former Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta thinks it is the “right moment” for wantaway Tottenham striker Harry Kane to move on.

Zabaleta told the PA news agency: “We’ll see if the money is there and will splash the money for Harry Kane but will be nice to see him playing for City.

“He’s in the right moment for him to go to a different club and have different experience, when you look at all the top teams they are looking for players who can score 25 goals a season, you always need players like that.

“Obviously Sergio (Aguero) left the club and they only have Gabriel Jesus as a proper striker but we all know the quality of Kane if you want to win trophies and (he) knows he’s done enough for Spurs and wants to move, maybe City are one of those clubs.”