Leeds United reportedly opened talks to sign Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez this summer, only for the Serie A side’s opener to state publicly that he will not be sold before Monday’s deadline – and Whites fans have responded.
Nandez, 24, joined Cagliari from Boca Juniors last summer after shining in Marcelo Bielsa’s home country – even playing a crucial part in Boca’s road to the 2018 Copa Libertadores final which was eventually lost against River Plate at the Bernabeu.
Last season, he was first choice for Cagliari – clocking up 38 appearances. Now, he has been joined by fellow Uruguayan ace Diego Godin at the Serie A side, but Leeds tried to take him to England this summer – with talks underway (TMW).
However, immediately after that report surfaced, Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini stated that while Leeds wanted Nandez – and Argentina striker Giovanni Simeone – both players would not be moving as there is no time to bring in replacements.
“Leeds want both Nandez and Simeone, but we can rule out these players leaving in the final days of the transfer market, because we would be weakened,” Giulini said, as per Football Italia. “It’s too late, there wouldn’t be time to replace them.”
While Giulini ruled out a move before Monday, it is clear that he may be open to business in future windows with Leeds seemingly happy to splash the cash. They have spent big on the likes of Rodrigo, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Helder Costa.
Leeds fans reacted to the news that their club were reportedly in talks to sign Nandez and despite the Cagliari President’s comments on the future of the Uruguayan, supporters want to see the tenacious midfielder in a Whites shirt.
Blokes a baller
— Sam (@SJU14) October 1, 2020
The Nandez links are gaining momentum……. 🤷🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️ #lufc
— Cuisance Au Chocolat (@carlos061181) October 1, 2020
No chance. As much as I'd love him at Leeds no way are we bringing another CM in after Cuisance 🙄
— Liam Griffin (@liamgriffin36) September 30, 2020
Please go for Nandez is January Leeds https://t.co/Qubj8swQlJ
— BC (@BC_LUFC) September 30, 2020
How credible is this? Heard a few good things about the player
— Ashley westerman (@Ashwesty) September 29, 2020
Absolutely, Nandez is the perfect Bielsa player. Just can't see another midfielder coming in unless Shackleton goes out on loan, Forshaw injury isn't progressing or something. But then Nandez wouldn't be a back up.
— BielsaCarajo 🇦🇷 (@carajo_bielsa) October 1, 2020