Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as a likely destination for Cagliari star Nahitan Nandez with the player and his club keen to strike a deal, Sardinian publication Cento Trentuno has reported.
With less than a week to go until their Serie A opener against Spezia, a Cagliari side that avoided relegation by the skin of its teeth last season can still count on the services of South American duo Giovanni Simeone and Nandez.
That, in itself, is quite an achievement, especially when you consider the Argentine and the Uruguayan have both been linked with clubs across the continent for the best part of 12 months.
But if you thought everyone at Cagliari was puffing out their cheeks and counting down the days until the transfer window shuts, you’d be wrong.
The club’s president, Tommaso Giulini, recently admitted a side hit hard by the pandemic would welcome the opportunity to replenish those depleted coffers. Cashing in on Nandez or Simeone would go a long way to securing their financial future.
“Obviously such a sale would help our balance sheet. It would be ideal to make money,” Giulini said.
Tottenham have Nandez on their radar after he turned down Arsenal
Nandez, in particular, is hardly short of offers.
The all-action midfielder had agreed a £50,000-a-week deal at Inter Milan but that appears to have fallen by the wayside after the Scudetto holders secured the signature of Denzel Dumfries.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are also looking at more affordable options, while Nandez rejected an approach from Arsenal a few weeks ago, according to La Repubblica.
The former Boca Juniors youngster could still end up in north London, however.
It’s understood Nandez is keen on a move to Tottenham and Cagliari certainly wouldn’t stand in his way. The 25-year-old isn’t exactly Mr Popular in Sardinia right now, causing a stir after ‘doing a Harry Kane’ and failing to turn up for pre-season training earlier this month.
Cento Trentuno claims Cagliari would welcome the prospect of letting the £30 million-rated Nandez join Spurs on an initial loan-to-buy deal.