Leeds United have suffered a massive blow in the race to sign Nahitan Nandez from Cagliari.
The Serie A champions will sign him on loan with an option to buy permanently next summer.
The Nerazzurri have offered a four-year contract (one year plus three after the redemption) to sign the Uruguayan international.
Fabrizio Romano claimed last week that Cagliari want to sign Radja Nainggolan from Inter after landing Dalbert from them on loan (with an option to buy him permanently).
Leeds have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old this summer, but they failed to reach an agreement with the Serie A club.
Corriere dello Sport (print edition, July 13, pages 22 & 23) claimed last week that Leeds were pushing hard to sign the midfielder.
Cagliari are steadfast in the decision to stick with the player’s asking price, thought to be around €36 million (£31m).
Earlier this month, reports emerged that Leeds were looking to sign Nandez for around €30 million, and they were willing to pay the sum in two instalments of €15m each.
However, Cagliari wanted two payments of €18m.
Inter have now come up with a better financial offer than Leeds, scuppering their hopes of securing his services.