Cagliari line up £3.5m bid for Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson after spying mission

Cagliari line up £3.5m bid for Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson after spying mission to watch the Scotland international score twice in win over Hibs

  • Cagliari are ready to make a £3.5m bid for Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson
  • The Italian club sent two representatives to watch the 22-year-old on Saturday 
  • He submitted a transfer request last season after Watford had a bid rejected 

Lewis Ferguson’s agent has primed Aberdeen to prepare for a £3.5million bid from Italian club Cagliari.

The Serie A strugglers sent two representatives to watch the Scotland midfielder score a brace of penalties in a 3-1 win over Hibs on Saturday.

After a four-hour dinner in Edinburgh with them, agent Bill McMurdo plans to fly to Milan for further discussions with Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini next month.

Cagliari are ready to make a £3.5m bid for Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson

Ferguson, 22, has been identified as a ready-made replacement for Uruguayan midfielder Nahitan Nandez, whose season is in doubt after knee ligament damage and is expected to leave the club this summer.

‘Cagliari have been tracking Lewis carefully for 18 months,’ McMurdo told Sportsmail.

‘Had they sold Nandez in January, then I think it would have happened.

‘They were in contact with Aberdeen last week over sending two representatives to the game.

‘I organised the trip and Aberdeen looked after them very well.

Cagliari sent two representatives to watch the 22-year-old Scotland midfielder on Saturday

Cagliari sent two representatives to watch the 22-year-old Scotland midfielder on Saturday

‘I then had a four-hour meeting with the two men in Edinburgh on Saturday night and they are very keen.

‘They were very impressed with Lewis’ performance against Hibs.

‘They met him for a few minutes to say hello and they were very impressed with him as a person, as well.’

Named in Steve Clarke’s squad for Scotland’s forthcoming friendlies against Poland and then Wales or Austria, Ferguson submitted a written transfer request last season after Aberdeen branded an offer from Watford ‘insulting’.

McMurdo subsequently accused the Dons of breaching a verbal agreement to sell the player if a club from the English Premier League came knocking.

Appealing to the Pittodrie hierarchy to adopt a different stance if Cagliari firm up their interest with an offer this summer, he added: ‘I am hoping that Aberdeen will see sense in terms of their willingness to listen to any offer this window.

Ferguson submitted a written transfer request last season after Watford had a bid rejected

Ferguson submitted a written transfer request last season after Watford had a bid rejected

‘At the end of this season, Lewis will have two years left on his contract and, now it’s running down, they have to be realistic in what they are asking for the player.’

Preparing for the possible sale of Nandez to Juventus or Inter Milan in January, Cagliari spoke to McMurdo about the possibility of a loan deal with an agreement to conclude a permanent agreement this summer

‘Cagliari never contacted Aberdeen,’ he added. ‘I did. I told them that if they wanted to put the player out on loan, then the Italian club would pay “X” amount for six months and effectively sign him on a permanent contract from July 1 for a much bigger fee.

‘I also insisted that if Cagliari were relegated to Serie B at the end of this season then the contract would be null and void. But Aberdeen would still have received the loan fee.’

Currently fourth bottom of Serie A after three straight defeats, Walter Mazzarri’s team have eight games left to preserve their top-flight status.

Conceding that any agreement could founder if Cagliari go down, McMurdo addressed the matter over the weekend discussions.

‘If they get relegated then I would find it hard to advise Lewis to go there. They seem confident that they will not be relegated. They are out of the bottom three after being in there at one stage.’

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