Italian outlet La Repubblica claimed on Tuesday that Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez has rejected a move to Arsenal.
The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League for a while now. Leeds United really wanted him, but it looks he has decided where his next destination will be.
The report claims that Nandez received ‘important proposals’ from Arsenal and Leeds, but he turned them both down. He has his heart set on a move to the San Siro to join Italian champions Inter Milan this summer.
Arsenal are on the lookout for a new central midfielder this summer. Granit Xhaka is on his way to AS Roma and the Gunners need a top-quality player to replace him and partner Thomas Partey in the middle of the park.
Nandez, branded as ‘inexhaustible’ by Calcio Casteddu, would have been a very interesting option. He is brilliant on the ball, is hugely versatile and has that typical Uruguayan bite when he goes into challenges. He could’ve been a smart signing for Arsenal, but it doesn’t look like it’ll happen this summer.
Arsenal have our own Uruguyan at the club. Lucas Torreira knows Nandez very well from the national team, and he once revealed that he used to drive the Cagliari man ‘crazy’ by asking him questions about Boca Juniors.
Arsenal midfielder Torreira: I used to drive Nahitan Nandez crazy
Torreira told Fox Sports Argentina last year, as quoted by The Metro: “I always follow the team, the Copa Libertadores and the championship. I asked Nahitan for his shirt and Carlos Tevez’s and asked him about Boca.
“I like to be informed and know things about the Boca world, I used to drive Nahitan crazy. He told me that it is divine and that at some point I will be given the chance to get to the club and that I will enjoy it because it is something beautiful.”
Torreira is unlikely to get his move to Boca this summer and it doesn’t look like Arsenal will be able to sign Nandez either. However, the two Uruguayans will likely meet up in Serie A next season as the Gunners midfielder is expected to return to Italy before the transfer window shuts.