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Leeds United and Inter Milan target Nahitan Nandez is training alone at Cagliari and has been left out of the Serie A club’s pre-season training camp, as reported by Tuttosport, via FC Inter News. 

Six weeks ago, Corriere dello Sport claimed a deal to take the Uruguay international to Elland Road was all but “done”. 

But you may have noticed, with a daunting Premier League opener against Manchester United now just days away, that Nandez isn’t a Leeds United player.

Not yet. And maybe not ever.

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As June rolled into July, the Yorkshire giants seemed more confident than ever of finally sealing a deal for a player Marcelo Bielsa has longed for since announcing himself at Thorp Arch in 2018.

Will Nahitan Nandez ever end up at Leeds United?

But while an agreement was understood to be close there was one major stumbling block, a hurdle even Karsten Warholm would struggle to clear.

Cagliari wanted £31 million for Nandez – a fee that would have made the former Boca Juniors star the most expensive player in Leeds’ history.

As a result the two clubs had very different views about how the deal should be structured, with Leeds hoping to pay the fee in two instalments. 

Things have gone rather quiet since then.

And it’s far from certain Nandez will end up at Inter Milan either, with the cash-strapped Serie A champions looking at cheaper alternatives.  

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Nandez, then, appears to be stuck between a rock and a hard place, training alone in Sardinia while a big-money move appears increasingly unlikely. 

“Inter? I don’t know anything yet,” Nandez told Tuttomercatoweb yesterday, confirming he won’t travel with the rest of the Cagliari squad for a training camp in the shadow of the Supramonte mountains. 

“I will have to talk to my agent.”

Leeds may yet return to the table, however, having missed out on Conor Gallagher to Crystal Palace and Jens Cajuste to Brentford.

According to The Athletic, an industrious central midfielder remains the club’s top priority with a month of the transfer window remaining.

And, as Nandez trots lonely as a cloud around an empty Cagliari training ground, he’ll have plenty of time to consider his next step.

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