In January, Uruguayan midfielder Nahitan Nandez was being linked with a move to the Premier League with West Ham United. As reported by TuttoMercatoWeb, the Hammers were keen on the player, with a potential loan with the option-to-buy deal on the table.
The report claimed the eventual fee involved would be in the region of €40 million (£34 million). Such a fee certainly justifies Leeds United’s reported summer interest.
As reported by TuttoMercatoWeb in April, Leeds were ready to make a bid for the Boca Juniors midfielder this summer.
Unfortunately for Leeds, they missed out to Italian side Cagliari, who signed the Uruguayan international in a deal reported by TYC Sports to be worth £16.2 million.
That was despite his agent telling El Crack Deportivo, as reported by FourFourTwo, that Nandez would relish the chance to work for Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.
“I prefer to leave it [Cagliari] as an alternative option.
“I spoke with important clubs in Europe and he [Nandez] told me that he would like to play with Bielsa.”
It was always going to be tough for Leeds to lure Nandez this summer, considering their place in England’s second-tier and the financial implications involved.
But it is clear that Bielsa remains a draw and that director of football Victor Orta is still casting his eye wide and far to find top potential talent.
The fact that Nandez’s transfer valuation has doubled since the summer is a signifying factor in that point.