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Leeds United still keen on former Bielsa target who could leave Italy this summer

Nahitan Nandez (Cagliari Calcio) celebrates after scoring goal v Napoli at Diego Maradona stadium, Serie A - linked with Leeds move

Leeds United remain in the hunt to sign Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez, who was on the wanted list of former boss Marcelo Bielsa in the January transfer window.

Bielsa was said to be chasing the defensive midfielder but for one reason or another the deal failed to happen and he remained in Serie A. However, reports claim the Whites are still interested and will revisit the transfer at the end of the season.

A report by Calciomercato claims Cagliari are keen to move the player on after an injury-hit season and hope the offers will start to flood in.

There appears to be no shortage of interest with Leeds and West Ham both keen. Inter Milan could also offer him the option to stay in Italy.

Indeed Inter have tried to sign him in the past only for the move to collapse over the fee. Last summer Cagliari refused to budge on their £26m valuation and Inter walked away from the deal.

Nandez was far from happy and refused to fly out on a pre-season tour with the rest of the Cagliari squad.

Injury-hit season

They soon kissed and made up but the season has not gone to plan for the 26-year-old. Covid-19 stopped him in his tracks and he then picked up a knee injury.

He has been restricted to just 17 appearances and now Calciomercato are reporting that Cagliari are willing to drop the price tag. Although they say it will not be by much.

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They hope the lower asking price could entice interested parties. That in-turn could spark an auction that will hike the figure back up.

An ambitious plan, but the article says Cagliari feel they have a good chance of getting a sizeable fee while there is Premier League interest.

Nandez is known for his work rate and aggression in a defensive midfield role and it is a style of play that would fit in nicely in England.

Tottenham have also been linked in the past. Spurs boss Antonio Conte will be familiar with him following his time in Serie A. So the competition will be hot.

Leeds the frontrunners

It remains to be seen if West Ham will enter the bidding and Leeds appear to be frontrunners. Much of course will depend on the Whites securing their Premier League status and there is still work to do.

Back in January, Bielsa felt that Nandez would have added some steel to his midfield. Leeds have continued to struggle defensively, conceding 61 goals so far and Nandez could have made a difference.

New boss Jesse Marsch will no doubt have his own targets in the summer window. But it seems as though Nandez is still on the radar and could eventually end up at Elland Road.

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