Former Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira had a landmark moment this week, as he scored his first goal since leaving Elland Road for Italian football.
The Thorp Arch graduate netted a crucial equaliser as Hellas Verona, the club he is on loan from Sampdoria, defeated Venezia on penalties in the Coppa Italia.
It will hopefully lead to an impressive season with his temporary club, after falling down the pecking order at Sampdoria. There is also good reason for Leeds to hope for a good season for Vieira.
Leeds were reluctant to sell Vieira in 2018. As Andrea Radrizzani confirmed to the BBC it was a move Marcelo Bielsa was ‘not happy’ about but it had to be done to meet FFP regulations and allow Leeds to sign a much-needed striker – recent hat-trick hero Patrick Bamford.
But considering Vieira was such a highly-rated talent with England under-21 pedigree, Leeds included a sell-on clause in the deal. As reported by Football Italia, Leeds will receive 10 percent of any future fee Sampdoria receive for the player.
The same report also confirms that Vieira can become a Verona player permanently in the summer for €7 million (£6.3 million). That would mean a £630,000 fee for Leeds if the deal does go through.
That would be good news for Leeds, however, it is a far cry from the amount the club probably hoped to earn.
In January, TELENORD reported that Sampdoria would be looking to sell Vieira for £17 million which would have given Leeds a £1.7 million fee.
But at least Leeds will be making some extra money from Vieira, considering the long-term wait for the windfall from Danny Rose’s Tottenham move looks unlikely, given his downfall at Spurs and contract expiry next summer.