Inter Milan have dealt Leeds United a huge blow in their pursuit of Nahitan Nandez after striking a total agreement with the Cagliari midfielder, according to TuttoMercatoWEB.
Nandez has given his blessing to a summer switch to the Serie A champions and signed off on their offer. The Uruguayan will pen a three-year contract at the San Siro with the option of a fourth, should the Nerazzurri agree on terms with his Sardegna Arena side.
Inter have so far failed to present Cagliari with an enticing enough offer for Nandez. Simone Inzaghi’s outfit would like to sign the midfielder on loan with an obligation to buy next year.
Inter will sit down and speak with Cagliari again on Wednesday to try and find some middle ground. The Serie A sides spoke on Monday morning, but were unable to agree on terms as Gli Isolani’s asking price is very high for two clubs financially impacted by the pandemic.
Yet Inter have dealt Leeds a big blow by agreeing on personal terms with Nandez. And the Italian outfit could now end the Whites’ hopes of a transfer within the next 48 hours.
Director of Football Victor Orta had travelled to Sardinia to finalise Nandez’s move to Leeds earlier this month, per Centotrentuno. The Italian publication also noted that the Whites were ready to pay €36m (£31m) for his transfer.
Marcelo Bielsa had even marked Nandez as his top target, per Calciomercato, after admiring the Uruguayan for several years. But the Leeds boss seems set to miss out on a deal for the 25-year-old, with Inter Milan now his most likely destination.
Next 48 hours key for Leeds in race with Inter for Nandez
The next 48 hours will certainly be key if Orta and Bielsa are to make Nandez a Leeds player, and not see him wear Inter colours next season. They now trail the Serie A side significantly after Inzaghi’s outfit agreed on personal terms with the Uruguayan.
But with Inter and Cagliari yet to agree a fee, the door remains open for Leeds to make their move. And Nandez may still be open to life at Elland Road. L’Unione Sarda claimed last month that he’d given the green light to the move once back from the Copa America.
The £42,000-per-week featured five times at the tournament as he helped Uruguay reach the quarter-finals. Nandez also made 32 appearances in the Serie A last season, while showing the versatility and robustness that Bielsa seemingly admires considerably.