Sheffield United are reportedly in talks to sign former Leeds midfielder and Sampdoria man, Ronaldo Vieira, according to the Daily Mail.
Vieira has emerged as a target for new Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic, as he looks to add to the midfield options available to him this season.
John Lundstram’s exit has left a hole in the middle, while the future of Sander Berge still remains up in the air. That leaves just Ollie Norwood and John Fleck as recognised central midfielders. Youngsters Zak Brunt and Regan Slater are on the books, but again, face uncertain immediate futures.
Vieira left Leeds for Sampdoria back in 2018 for a fee of around £6.2m, after impressing at Elland Road. However, a couple of injuries and lack of playing time have seen his time in Italy go downhill a bit.
United kick off the season against Birmingham City this weekend. As yet, the Blades have signed nobody. However, crucially, nobody has left either.
Ronaldo Vieira a risky option that could go either way
In terms of pure talent, Vieira fits the bill. This was a player who back in 2018, was picked as the third most exciting prospect in England, behind only Tom Davies of Everton and Ryan Sessegnon.
The risky side of things comes in terms of Vieira’s injuries and the little nose-dive his career has taken. He’s failed to really reproduce the form he showed at Leeds, and had a tough time last year as well.
However, some players need a move to kick on. Vieira, then, could be worth the risk for United, especially on a loan to buy deal which has been suggested.
United and Jokanovic need a few names in the door. The Mail claims that Manchester United’s James Garner is also on the list, as is Harvey Elliott of Liverpool.
Either of those two, plus the signing of Vieira, would do very nicely indeed.