It was not destined this summer. Offers came to Sardinia from all sides, but Cagliari rejected each one, so Nahitan Nandez stayed on the island against his will. In the end, he had to apologize to the president of the club, Tommaso Giulini, because he wanted to box the transfer with all his might.
He could choose because Inter was asking about his health (they were looking for a replacement for Achraf Hakimi), he was noticed by the English, Tottenham (mostly thanks to the new sports director Fabio Paratici), and Leeds, however, Sardis insisted on a release clause and thus they rejected all the suitors.
However, the two sides meanwhile "buried the hatchet" and made a deal - Cagliari agreed to sell Nandez in January, his agent Pablo Bentancourt revealed in an interview with Naples television CalcioNapoli24. "Giulini promised the player and me that he would do everything he could to sell Nandez in January.
Nandez wants to win something, to play in the Champions League." "The president gave us his word, Nandez is the highest-paid player in the history of Cagliari, but we understand the crisis," Bentancourt told the Neapolitan media.
The agent of the 25-year-old football player pointed out that the interest has not disappeared, and that in the next transfer period, unnamed European clubs could go for his client. "Two or three clubs will try to bring in Nandez in January as well, including Napoli and I would be happy to see him in their jersey for sure."
"I think Nandez will leave the club for less than his € 36,000,000 release clause. The president yesterday talked to Nahitan and told me he would lower the price, "Bentancourt concluded.
Nandez arrived in Cagliari two years ago from Boca for a record 17,000,000 euros and apparently has already outgrown the Sardinia Arena.
The islanders are not doing well this season, after six rounds they have only two points, and after three rounds they managed to fire Leonardo Semplici and put Walter Mazzarri in his place. It is obvious that Cagliari does not have big ambitions this season, and that their only goal will be to stay in the league.
Given that the team do not have the necessary quality for bigger goals, a player like Nandez has decided to change the environment, and go where he will fight for trophies or at least for places that lead to European competitions.
Cagliari cannot provide that and therefore the best solution is to end the cooperation. Nandez's departure will be a big blow for Cagliari, but we have no doubt that they will try to find an adequate replacement.