Gaston Silva is backing fellow Uruguay international Nahitan Nandez to join a “great club” this summer with Leeds United hoping to take the midfielder to the Premier League, speaking to Calciomercato.
Thanks to Cagliari’s outspoken president, Leeds’ interest in an all-action central midfielder is public knowledge these days.
Speaking after the close of the 2020 summer transfer window, Tommaso Giulini admitted the West Yorkshire giants had made a move for Nandez and striker Giovanni Simeone.
Cagliari, however, were never going to sell two key players with so little time to find a replacement.
But as Leeds renew their interest in a long-time transfer target with three months of this window remaining, it seems Marcelo Bielsa’s entertainers have learned from that mistake (Cento Trentuno)
Leeds and West Ham in chase for Nandez
Leeds, however, will face competition from a West Ham side who, with European qualification under their belt, suddenly look a more alluring option for players hoping to test themselves in England (Corriere dello Sport).
It’s not certain, at this stage, where Nandez will be plying his trade in 2021/22.
Fellow Uruguay international Silva, however, will be among the first to congratulate his compatriot should a big-money departure from Sardinia come to fruition at last.
“I know Nahitan very well. I have spent a lot of time with him in the national team. He is a great player, he has done very well,” says Silva, who plays in Spain with Huesca.
“He settled in right away and if he really has the opportunity to go to a great club, I am convinced he will continue to do very well.”
Leeds failed with a bid in the region of £22.5 million for Nandez last year, with Cagliari demanding closer to £30 million.
Serie A champions Inter Milan have also been linked but the Nerazzurri’s dire financial situation makes a prospective switch to the San Siro something of a non-starter (FC Inter News).