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Report: Leeds open talks to sign South American midfielder, have been previously linked

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Report: Leeds open talks to sign South American midfielder, have been previously linked

Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb claim that Leeds United have opened talks to sign Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez before Monday’s deadline, with the Uruguay international having been linked with the Yorkshire club in the past.

Nandez, 24, joined Serie A side Cagliari last summer from Boca Juniors and clocked up 38 league and cup appearances during 2019-20 – having a hand in six goals from the base of the midfield. The Uruguay ace earned plaudits for his performances.

The 5ft 7in midfielder has been linked in the past with Leeds, though promotion to the Premier League is expected to be a big help in negotiations. The Whites are desperate for a midfielder to become Mateusz Klich’s permanent partner.

 

Rodrigo De Paul, Todd Cantwell, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Teun Koopmeiners have been linked – while Bayern’s Michael Cuisance is expected to join soon. But talks are underway for Nandez and the Uruguayan could finally head to Elland Road.

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TBR’s view – Nandez a good signing, covers two areas

Nandez is a top, top player. Aggressive, tenacious, but also boasting the technical abilities of a player that can play for most Premier League sides. He is creative with his passing both long and short, and has excellent stamina.

But what Marcelo Bielsa may see in Nandez is that he can play both alongside Klich as the Pole’s partner in midfield, but also act as cover for England international Kalvin Phillips. Pascal Struijk is currently that man, but is still a rookie.

Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio recently claimed that after Nandez signed a new contract, he has a release clause of £32.5million.

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