Leeds United have been joined by Napoli and West Ham in their pursuit of Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez, according to El Intransigente.

The South American outlet claim on their website that the Italian club currently rates the Uruguayan midfielder at £36.1million.

The headline reads that Bielsa “wants to give Boca several millions” with the Argentinian club set for 10% of the sell-on clause.

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It is suggested that Nandez has reemerged as a candidate to strengthen the midfield at Elland Road after previous moves collapsed.

Leeds were linked with a switch for the midfielder over the summer, but Bielsa and Victor Orta failed to reinforce that area.

Fabrizio Romano reported during the previous window that Leeds were chasing Nandez and that Cagliari were demanding only £18.2million.

Those rumours ended though when the president of the Italian club, Tommaso Giulini put an end to the links claiming the Whites waited too long.

“Both Nandez and Simeone are players that Leeds like, but these players cannot go out in the last few days because we would be weakened,” he said.

“It’s too late now, there wouldn’t be time to replace them.”

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This is a steep increase in price in the space of only a couple of months.

Nandez must have had a great start to life in the Serie A this season, with Bielsa clearly still impressed with the Uruguayan.

The 24-year-old has made seven appearances, although he hasn’t appeared in the league since the beginning of November.

Comparing Nandez to Kalvin Phillips via WhoScored, the Yorkshire Pirlo comes out on top in nearly every single defensive stat – making more tackles, interceptions, clearances and blocks.

Phillips also completes more key passes and has more goal involvements.

It is hard to make a case for Leeds spending more than £30million and breaking their transfer record once again, for a player who has been out-performed by one of our midfielders already this season.

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