Marcelo Bielsa wants to strengthen his midfield this summer, and has identified a target
Leeds United have identified Nahitan Nandez as a transfer target this summer, according to reports.
The Cagliari midfielder has impressed during his two seasons in Italy, and has been linked with Inter Milan recently, but Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is understood to be a big fan of the Uruguayan.
Leeds won many plaudits for their performances in their first Premier League season in 16 years last term, but central midfield was an area where they found themselves short at times. A couple of injuries to key man Kalvin Phillips hindered their style when he was missing, so arrivals in that area are expected during the summer months.
Nandez has a €36m release clause in his contract at Cagliari, and given Leeds haven’t been shy with their spending since promotion, it’s a fee they could feasibly afford.
The 25-year-old ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to Bielsa’s demanding style. He’s a box-to-box player, who has a great engine and a solid range of passing, meaning he seems like a fit in Bielsa’s high-octane philosophy.
Nandez has 35 caps for Uruguay, having been given a debut at just 19 years old while playing for Penarol in his native country. He’ll be in action for his nation in the upcoming Copa America tournament, which kicks off on June 13th, with Uruguay taking on Argentina on June 19th in their opening game.