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Leeds United linked to midfielder Nahitan Nandez from Cagliari

After the collapsed deal for Michael Cuisance, Leeds have been linked to Cagliari’s Nandez.

Cagliari Calcio v SS Lazio - Serie A
Nandez has been on Bielsa’s watchlist for several years since the Uraguyian’s days at Boca Juniors.
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Leeds has a deal in place to sign Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich this week, with the Frenchman arriving in Leeds on Wednesday for a medical. It is unclear exactly what stopped Leeds from completing the deal, with reports saying that Bielsa was unsatisfied with the player’s fitness and vetoed the deal.

Others said that the details of the deal and specifically the buy-back clause also made for issues in the deal. Regardless, the deal is over and Leeds are back on the hunt for a new midfielder before the European deadline on October 5th (Monday).

Todd Cantwell’s name has been doing the rounds for the last week, and now Nahitan Nandez links have resurfaced from earlier on in the window. TuttoMercatoWeb report that talks have opened for the 24-year old, with developments expected in the coming days.

However, this comes among several quotes from the Cagliari hierarchy which tell the tale of a difficult deal to do this late in the window, with the president seemingly closing the door on a possible deal.

Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini said:

“Bielsa would like Nandez at Leeds, but we don’t have time to replace a starter like him.”

”Both Nandez and Simeone are players who like Leeds, but it is except that these players come out in the last few days, because we are going to weaken and that’s not what we want to do. It’s too late now, there wouldn’t be time to replace them.“

However, journalist Fabrizio Romano commented on Leeds’ interest saying:

“He’s a player that Bielsa likes so much since he was in Boca juniors. But it’s not easy because Cagliari are going to ask €20 million to sign him... we will see if something happens between Italy and the Premier League. I can’t say more. Young players. Talented players. Italy. Premier League. Stay tuned.

“So young players but so good players, there are ongoing talks but it’s not easy because of the work permits. We have to see. Sorry for teasing you.”

Cagliari sporting director Pierluigi Carta has spoken about the possibility of the Italian side losing their big players due to big-money offers, saying:

“I don’t want to be a hypocrite, [but] if important offers arrive, you can’t refuse them. But the transfer market thrives on balance.”

It’s a difficult situation for Leeds, who have very little time to engineer a deal for a player outside of England if they fancy moving for a player such as Nandez. Meanwhile, the stance taken by Cagliari is also a difficult one, with Andrea Radrizzani reportedly leading the chase for Nandez due to his friendship with Cagliari higher-ups.

As it looks, it’s not a realistic deal owing to Giuluni’s comments, but money talks and Leeds could fashion an opening for the right price. We’ll have to wait and see.

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