Last summer, Leeds United sold highly-rated midfielder Ronaldo Vieira to Serie A outfit Sampdoria despite the tough-tackling star impressing at Elland Road. Now, they could bring him back.
Making his debut for the Whites at just 18 years of age, the excellently-named Vieira clocked up 71 appearances in two seasons at Leeds before moving to Italy with Sampdoria for a fee of £6.2million (Guardian).
He won the hearts of Leeds fans, with his best moment coming late on at Carrow Road, as he struck a 25-yard effort past the goalkeeper to win 3-2 in injury time – to the sheer delight of Leeds fans.
But last summer he chose to leave, and it was a somewhat frustrating season for Vieira in Italy. He managed just 594 minutes of Serie A football, spread across 14 league appearances for Sampdoria.
Now, that game time could be reduced even further. That is because Sampdoria have already been very active in this summer’s transfer window – bringing in three new central midfielders.
Jakub Jankto has joined for a fee in the region of £14million from Udinese, while the impressive Norwegian midfielder Morten Thorsby has joined for nothing. Gonzalo Maroni has joined on loan from Boca Juniors.
Preference is likely to be given to the new signings ahead of the 2019-20 season, pushing Vieira down the pecking order and making him potentially surplus to requirements with the Italian club.
With doubts over the future of Kalvin Phillips and midfielder additions required anyway, Leeds should be seriously considering a move that sees Vieira return to Elland Road – on loan or as part of a permanent move.
Vieira would hit the ground running and knows just what it means to pull on the Leeds jersey. He would be an excellent signing if the Whites could bring him back to Yorkshire.