Nahitan Nandez’s agent, Pablo Bentacur, has admitted that Cagliari have promised to sell the midfielder when the transfer window reopens in January, amidst rumoured interest from Tottenham.
Tottenham had a busy summer transfer window in terms of both incomings and outgoings but the North London club were unable to add to their central midfield ranks.
While Spurs did snap up Metz teenage starlet, Pape Matar Sarr, they decided to loan him back to the Ligue 1 club until the end of the campaign.
One central midfielder who Fabio Paratici allegedly had his eye on during the summer was Nandez, with reports stating the Uruguay international had put in a transfer request and was keen on completing a move to North London.
However, the transfer did not materialise, with sources suggesting at the time that Tottenham pulled out of the deal since they found Cagliari’s €30m (£25.7m) asking price to be excessive.
Betancur has now revealed that the Serie A club will not stand in Nandez’s way should he get an opportunity to leave in January.
He told CalcioNapoli24TV (as relayed by Football Italia): “Giulini (Cagliari president) promised the footballer and me that he would do whatever he could to sell him in January
“Nandez wants to win something, he wants to play in the Champions League. The president gave us his word, Nandez was the most expensive player in the history of Cagliari, but we know the crisis that there was.
“There are two or three clubs that will look for Nandez in January, including Napoli and I’d be happy to see him play with the Azzurri, surely.
“I think Nandez will leave for a lower price-tag than his €36m (£30.7m) release clause. The president spoke to Nahitan yesterday and told him that he will lower his price to allow him to leave.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Additions in central midfield should be a priority for Spurs in January but I am not convinced Nandez is the answer to our problems. I would rather see us pay a little extra to bring in a Neves, Bissouma or Kessie type of signing that would instantly improve our starting eleven.
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