Leeds United could forget about Nahitan Nandez by signing Manchester City midfielder Yangel Herrera this summer.
What’s the matter?
Reports over the past few weeks and months had indicated that Cagliari star Nandez is someone Marcelo Bielsa was very keen to bring to Elland Road, but Hints are that he is now on the verge of joining Inter after they opened the talks.
It has now been alleged that City would be ready to sell £ 20mn worth of Herrera and that Leeds and West Ham have already shown an interest in signing him this summer.
Much better than Klich
While Bielsa can be frustrated missing out on Nandez, they might find someone in Herrera to soften the blow.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Venezuelan football expert Carlos Ponte said: “In Venezuela we have never had such a complete soccer player Yangel – elegant in possession of the ball, tall, very physically impressive, good at throwing the ball, good in the air, the right mentality and a good head on the shoulders.
“He has a lot of energy and stamina, can provide good cover and is a real team player. He’s good at bringing the ball out with a certain elegance.
This “awareness” and the ability to recognize danger is clearly evident in his defensive numbers last season in La Liga – according to Sofascore, he averaged almost two tackles and one interception per game, while in his 50s / 50s he averaged one is an absolute monster and wins an incredible 8.2 duels per game in La Liga with a success rate of 51%.
Mateusz Klich averaged only 1.1 tackles and 0.3 interceptions per game in the Premier League, while before the game he only won 2.4 duels with a success rate of 36%.
Like an on-song klich, Herrera is more than capable of causing damage in the other direction, as with the timing of his runs and his willingness to shoot on goal, he is a real threat in the opponent’s penalty area – the City- Man met the Leeds ace eight times in the past year out of a total of only four.
Speaking to Football Transfer Tavern, La Liga expert Euan McTear raved about the Venezuelan’s performance last season on loan to Spanish club Granada and said: “He was the key to their qualification for the Europa League and then to move into the quarter-finals.
“He’s like a classic box-to-box midfielder, a bit of a setback in that regard. His first instinct is to try and dribble, to fit forward, to storm forward too, he was really versatile. “
For this very reason, Leeds could sign their Polish ace on a real upgrade and forget about missing out on Nandez this summer.
In the meantime, Leeds must finally land that long-term transfer target that Bielsa is desperately seeking …