Tottenham Hotspur wanted to upgrade its midfield position this past summer transfer window. The north London-based club did land Pape Matar Sarr, who remains on loan to FC Metz. However, there were other targets.
One of them was Cagliari Calcio Nahitan Nandez. Last month, Centotrentuno reported on the interest of Tottenham for the Uruguay international. However, the asking price by the Italian side resulted in the Premier League club pulling out.
According to reports, Tottenham was offering €10-million for the loan with an obligation to buy clause ranging from €15-million to €20-million. However, that proposal that didn’t satisfy the Serie A club.
Cagliari sporting director Stefano Capozucca has admitted in an interview with L’Unione Sarda (via Tuttomercatoweb) that Nahitan Nandez had talks with various clubs, including Tottenham. The 25-year-old hoped to secure a summer move to a club that would allow him to play on a prominent club in Europe.
“It must be understood that everyone has the ambition to be able to improve themselves,” Capozucca said. “Nandez wanted to join a top club. He had talks with Inter, Tottenham, Rome, and Napoli. It’s normal. He thought he could leave.”
“Nandez, however, is also a spectacular boy as well as a great player and, in the end, common sense will prevail and, as demonstrated against Spezia (in a 2-2 draw in August), he was one of the best. He will give his all for Cagliari.”
Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see if Tottenham revisits this transfer file, considering how close they were in discussions.