Uruguay international Nahitan Nandez is determined to join Inter this summer, but the Nerazzurri have thus far failed to meet Cagliari’s valuation.
As reported in today’s newspaper edition of Corriere dello Sport, Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini has no problem with the structure of Inter’s proposed move and is happy to allow the midfielder to leave on an initial loan, with an obligatory purchase next summer.
However, stumbling blocks have arisen as the two clubs attempt to negotiate the total cost of the deal and how Nandez’s value is met.
Inter had offered striker Andrea Pinamonti on loan in exchange for Nandez, before setting a fee of €20 million plus bonuses next summer for a permanent transfer. Alternatively, they would offer €2m upfront instead of sending Pinamonti to Sardinia.
This has been rejected by Cagliari though, who are content with the €20m agree next year but are seeking €12m upfront, or €2m plus the loan of Radja Nainggolan, with Inter to cover his entire salary.
Nainggolan spent the second half of last season with Cagliari and is determined to return, with the newspaper suggesting that he must either be involved in a deal for Nandez or terminate his contract.
Elsewhere, Denzel Dumfries remains Inter’s top priority in the transfer window, ahead of Nandez, as they seek a replacement for Achraf Hakimi.
The Nerazzurri are also considering Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta, Barcelona’s Sergino Dest, or Hector Bellerin of Arsenal if they can’t land the Dutchman.