According to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport (August 13th, page 20), West Ham and Leeds could be set to battle it out for Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez this summer.
The Hammers have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old Uruguay international since January (ExWHUemployee).
Gazzetta dello Sport claims that West Ham boss David Moyes still wants to sign Nandez, but he could face competition from Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Well renowned Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio suggested earlier this year that the South American has a €36 million (£32 million) release clause inserted into his current contract with Cagliari.
So bearing that in mind, it is surely advantage Leeds, what with West Ham’s well documented financial problems.
Is seems as though the Whites have real ambition since gaining promotion from the championship to the Premier League. Meanwhile, the Hammers are standing still. And that will be a real worry for the club’s fans.
Nandez will be a great addition for whichever club wins the race for his signature.
He has been nicknamed the ‘Garra Charrúa warrior’ (Leeds Live) – a term of endearment used to describe the unique fighting spirit of the Uruguayan people.
At 5ft 7in tall, the Uruguay international isn’t the biggest. But he is tenacious in the tackle and quintessentially South American in the way that he approaches the game.
In 35 Serie A outings for Cagliari this season, the 24-year-old racked up two goals and four assists. He averaged 1.7 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 1.3 dribbles per game during those appearances. In those outings, Nandez made an average of 33.5 passes per game with a completion rate of 79.5% (Who Scored).
He really would be ideally suited to the Premier League.
In light of the global health crisis, however, £32 million does seem like a lot of money for the 24-year-old. Perhaps closer to £20 million would represent decent value for either West Ham or Leeds.
As things stand, however, it seems that Nandez moving to Elland Road is far more likely than him swapping Cagliari for the London Stadium this summer.