Sheffield United have now reportedly agreed a deal to bring Sampdoria midfielder, Ronaldo Vieira, to Bramall Lane for the season.
Reports in recent days have suggested a deal for Vieira was close to being done. The 23-year-old is being allowed to leave Italy, after a torrid season last term with injuries.
And now Football Insider have suggested that a deal is all but done for Vieira, with United set to bring him on loan, with an option to buy in the future.
Vieira impressed previously while with Leeds United. Indeed, he impressed enough to seal a near £7m move to the Serie A side back in 2018.
But his time in Italy has yielded mixed results. After initially impressing, he fell out of favour before being loaned out to Verona last season. Injuries halted his progress, however, and he made just a handful of appearances.
Slavisa Jokanovic, though, is clearly open to seeing if United can get the player Vieira was at Leeds. A loan to buy option is a sensible move from the club, and fills a position that is needed.
United lost John Lundstram in the summer. Sander Berge is also wanted by Arsenal, although the Gunners have, as yet, failed to meet the £35m asking-price of the Blades board.
Sheffield United News View: Signings needed, although this has risk attached
It was important United brought in a midfielder, or even two, this summer.
Lundstram’s departure, coupled with the lack of goals last season from that area and Sander Berge’s uncertain future, meant signings were a must.
Vieira comes with a small element of risk. But, if he’s fit, and gets back to how he was with Leeds, then United could have struck gold. A loan to buy protects the club as well, as long as it’s not an obligation.
With the season just around the corner, fresh faces can boost the squad. Vieira, then, will be hoping to do just that.