Leeds begin talks to sign player with 'excellent technique'

Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds will go into this weekend's clash against Manchester City with the wind in their sails.

The Citizens were thumped 5-2 by Leicester and the Whites are now full of confidence.

Despite suffering defeat against Liverpool on the opening day of the new season, they followed that up with back to back wins over Fulham and Sheffield United.

Marcelo Bielsa's men have already faced the toughest test possible in the Premier League and they'll be ready and raring to go when City come to Elland Road.

Pep Guardiola's side will be met with one of the fittest sides in the division, a team who have relentlessly pressed and hassled their opponents.

According to FB Ref, no Premier League team have pressed their opposition more than Leeds this season - a colossal 552 times. 

However, let's focus on matters off the pitch.

Patrick Bamford

With the transfer window set to slam shut in a matter of days, Victor Orta is busy trying to polish off one or two more transfers. A winger is needed and personal terms have reportedly been agreed with Todd Cantwell.

However, after Michael Cuisance's move to the club fell through as a result of a failed medical, another central midfielder is on Leeds' radar.

Via TuttoMercatoWeb, the Whites are pondering a move for Cagliari's Nahitan Nandez. 

Talks are now in progress between the two teams and developments are expected over the next few days.

If Leeds do want to bring the player to England, they'll presumably have to pay a pretty hefty fee.

Nandez's release clause, and indeed his asking price, is €36m (£32.7m).

Nandez and Pjanic

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

With Leeds missing out on Cuisance, a move for another midfielder makes plenty of sense, especially when a player like Nandez would suit Bielsa and Leeds absolutely perfectly. 

He is versatile, possessing the ability to play in a holding role and slightly further forward, while he is particularly hardworking.

Bielsa's training sessions and his style of play is absolutely relentless so that trait should definitely help. You don't succeed at Elland Road if your work rate isn't top-drawer.

After signing for Cagliari in 2019, they had the following to say about his qualities on the pitch:

Nandez and Dybala

"Excellent technique, great running, ability to recover balls and immediately restart the action, vision of the game: tactically skilled, he knows how to enter without the ball and find the way to the goal, even from a distance.

"Born leader, authentic fighter, among his outstanding qualities the character, the determination, the desire to never give up." 

Those words stand up well when exploring his stats. Nandez amassed a mighty 14 yellow cards in Serie A last season, winning 1.7 tackles in the process. 

He is an absolute pitbull in the middle of the park and would surely fit seamlessly into Premier League life.

Whether they should shell out a club-record fee, however, is questionable. 

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