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Tottenham Hotspur In Contention To Sign Serie A Midfielder: Can He Solve Conte’s Problems?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs in contention to sign Nahitan Nandez. The Cagliari midfielder may well have played his final game for the game, with reports suggesting that he could be on his way out of Sardinia, in the upcoming January transfer window. Nandez has a release clause of €36 million, but Cagliari might be open to lowering their demands in light of the financial crisis.

What Does Nahitan Nandez Bring To The Table?

Nahitan Nandez has been one of the top performers for Cagliari ever since he joined the club in 2019. In just two and a half years, he has already featured in almost 100 competitive appearances, scoring four goals while providing nine assists.

A right midfielder by trade, Nandez is primarily known for his versatility. He can operate in a variety of positions including central midfield and even holding midfield. He is defence-oriented in nature, and his aggression, tenacity and ability to read the game make him a vital asset in the second line of press.

Standing at 1.72m, The Uruguayan international is not the tallest of midfielders. But he packs quite the punch in physical duels. He can also be very effective with his tackles, which is why the 25-year-old is already a first-team regular for the Uruguay national team.

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CAGLIARI, ITALY – DECEMBER 06: Nahitan Nandez of Cagliari in action during the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and Torino FC at Sardegna Arena on December 06, 2021 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
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How Does He Fit In At Tottenham?

Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in Nahitan Nandez is hardly surprising as the club are in dire need of reinforcements in the midfield department.

While Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp have done exceptionally well under new manager Antonio Conte, the Italian lacks a viable alternative for the two stars. Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks have both fallen behind in the pecking order, whereas Giovani Lo Celso has struggled with injuries.

The addition of Nandez, to that end, could be useful as the 25-year-old can compete with Hojbjerg and Skipp in central midfield. He can add competition for the right wingback in Emerson Royal as well while acting as a back-up for Lucas Moura in a more offensive role.

However, Nandez’s release clause of €36 million might be a bit too expensive for Tottenham’s liking. Although Cagliari are likely to lower their asking price, the Uruguayan international is unlikely to cost anything less than €25 million, which is quite a fortune for a utility player. So it would perhaps be a prudent option for Spurs to set their sights on other, preferably cost-effective, alternatives, in their quest to add midfield reinforcements in January.

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