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Leeds United Still In Contention To Sign Serie A Midfielder: He Could Be A Smart Buy For The Whites

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Jack O’Brien
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According to CentoTrentuno, Leeds United is a possible destination for Nahitan Nandez. The Cagliari midfielder is facing an uncertain future at the club, with the player reportedly having a €36 million release clause embedded in his contract. Nandez was linked with a move to Elland Road last summer, and it appears Cagliari could now be open to reconsidering the €30 million Leeds had offered last time around.

Who Is Nahitan Nandez?

A former member of the famed South American footballing clubs in Penarol and BOCA Juniors, Nahitan Nandez is a central midfielder who has enjoyed a lot of success in Serie A following his move to Cagliari in 2019.

Although only 25, one of the main aspects of Nandez’s game has been his versatility. The central midfielder, in many ways, resembles Atletico Madrid star Koke, who can effortlessly switch between a central and a wide midfield role during the game.

The Uruguayan international is also known for his work ethic and aggression – making him quite a useful outlet in the second line of press. However, what makes him such a sought-after talent at Cagliari is his tactical prowess, which is why Marcelo Bielsa’s interest in the former Penarol starlet hardly comes as a surprise.

Leeds United is a possible destination for Nahitan Nandez - He has what it takes.
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Why Nandez Could Be A Smart Buy For Leeds United

Leeds United are bracing themselves for a busy transfer window ahead, as they look to bolster their options in the midfield department. There has been a noticeable lack of depth in the second line of press, where Mateusz Klich’s deterioration has led to Bielsa majorly relying on his left-back Stuart Dallas, although the Scot has been an inspiration, to say the least.

The club has also lacked a proper alternative for Kalvin Phillips while Pablo Hernandez is in the final phase of his career. That is where Nandez could prove to be an interesting option as the Uruguayan international can provide the intensity, experience and leadership that could help him quickly settle into Bielsa’s footballing philosophy.

Especially from a tactical perspective, Nandez can not only emerge as a viable alternative for Klich but also provide backup for Phillips. He can also be utilised in a wider role, if necessary, as the midfielder does have what it takes to keep the opposition at bay with his attacking talents.

Therefore, the Cagliari man is certainly a viable target for Leeds United, although it remains to be seen whether the Whites would want to splash €36 million in the current financial climate this summer.

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