Nahitan Nandez’s agent Pablo Bentancur has told Argentine outlet El Crack Deportivo that the Boca Juniors midfielder has told him he wants to play under Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.
CalcioMercato claimed that the tenacious midfielder was being linked with a move to both Leeds United and Newcastle United. Other outlets have claimed Italian sides AS Roma and Cagliari are interested.
It is believed that Boca are willing to sell Nandez for a fee of £17million, with the 23-year-old’s contract set to expire at the end of the 2019-20 season.
Nandez’s agent Bentancur was asked about Cagliari’s interest in the midfielder’s services. But Bentancur replied stating that Cagliari are a back-up option, and that he would rather play under Bielsa.
“I prefer to leave it [Cagliari] as an alternative option,” Bentancur said. “I spoke with important clubs in Europe and he [Nandez] told me that he would like to play with Bielsa.”
This would be an excellent signing for Leeds. Nandez played for Uruguay at the World Cup, and impressed in the Copa Libertadores final for Boca at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu.
A pocket-sized midfielder, Nandez is regarded as a terrier in the middle of the park. But he has the footballing ability to match his aggression. He also has a goal in his locker, scoring two in 14 this season.
Still very young, it is clear to see the admiration Bielsa commands not just from Argentina, but from the entire continent of South America. It could be a useful ally if Leeds do gain promotion.