Nahitan Nandez has agreed to a three-year contract with Inter Milan ahead of joining from Cagliari, per Gazzetta dello Sport, after rejecting offers from Arsenal and Leeds United.
Nandez will join the Serie A champions on an initial loan deal after Inter agreed to pay Cagliari €5m (£4m). The Nerazzurri were quick to accept the Sardegna Arena natives’ offer issued on Monday that carries a purchase clause for 2022.
Inter already have a contract agreed in principle with Nandez ahead of his move to Simone Inzaghi’s side, too. The 25-year-old will earn €3m annually (£49k-p/w) and may put pen to paper by the end of the week.
Nandez is currently on a prolonged holiday after competing at the Copa America. Cagliari expect the Uruguayan to return to Sardinia on Friday, but the 41-cap international will likely not stay long. Nandez’s move to Inter will also end Arsenal and Leeds’ pursuits this summer.
Leeds will see Bielsa’s top target join Inter with Nandez loan-to-buy deal
Nandez has featured prominently in Leeds’ transfer plans as boss Marcelo Bielsa viewed the Cagliari star as his top target. That’s according to Calciomercato, who also noted the Whites could not afford to trigger the midfielder’s £31m release clause.
Leeds were willing to pay £31m for Nandez if they could fund his Cagliari release, per Centotrentuno. The Italian publication added that Inter, too, could not afford the fee, hence why they have now struck a loan deal. Something Bielsa will wish the Whites were able to.
But Nandez may still not have moved to Elland Road this summer, even if Victor Orta struck a temporary deal. La Repubblica report the midfielder rejected ‘important’ offers from the Whites and Premier League rivals Arsenal. Seemingly, his heart is set on joining Inter Milan.